(When Marcus Davis says he’s going to be Sloth for Halloween, Marcus Davis IS Sloth for Halloween.)
Before Nate Diaz decided to put the Funyuns aside and start making a serious run at the 155 lb title, he floated between the welterweight and lightweight divisions for the majority of his UFC career with mixed results. However, his greatest performance at 170 came at UFC 118, where Diaz faced off against Irish-American powerhouse Marcus Davis. Known for his Angel of Death right hand, Davis was fresh off a TKO victory over the UFC’s favorite narcoleptic French Canadian, Jonathan Goulet, at UFC 114, and planned to do the same with Nate. But as Rory Markham and Melvin Guillard should have informed him, one-punch knockout power stands no chance against the iron chin and hailstorm of pitter-patter punches that constitute a Diaz beating.
The fight was classic Diaz — taunting within the first 30 seconds of the fight, getting rocked yet continuing to taunt upon recovery, breaking their opponents will until they finally give up — and received Fight of the Night honors when all was said and done. While we can assume that Nate blew the extra cash on beluga caviar and front row tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Davis undoubtedly spent his hiring Thedus’ finest doctor to remove the baby alien that Diaz had somehow implanted in his right eyeball.
We’ll give Davis this, the dude will not declare defeat until he takes a glimpse into the afterlife. Respect.
Diaz would go on to be wrestlefucked into oblivion by Dong Hyun Kim and ragdolled by Rory MacDonald before returning to the lightweight division and beating the ever-loving dogshit out of his next three opponents. Unfortunately, things would only get worse for “The Irish Hand Grenade,” who would wind up on the wrong end of Jeremy Stephens‘ highlight reel KO at UFC 125 and receive his walking papers shortly thereafter.
Will Nate continue his will-breaking streak of dominance when he faces off against lightweight champ Ben Henderson at UFC on FOX 5? Tune in on December 8th to find out, and make sure to swing by CP at 8 p.m. EST to catch the p4p funniest liveblog on the web.