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Nate Diaz Drops to Lightweight to Face Takanori Gomi at UFC 135

(Yeah, we know that’s a different Diaz, but that doesn’t make the message any less valid. Props: jaylibbb)

After suffering back-to-back decision defeats in his last two fights against Dong Hyun Kim and Rory MacDonald, Nate Diaz will be dropping back to his original home at lightweight, according to Diaz’s return opponent will be Japanese MMA icon Takanori Gomi at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage, September 24th in Denver. Gomi is coming off a submission loss to Clay Guida at UFC 125 in January, and has gone 1-2 overall in his current stint with the UFC.

Nate’s brother Nick previously faced Gomi at PRIDE 33 in one of the greatest bouts in MMA history; Diaz wore Gomi down in a gritty slugfest before tapping him in round 2 via gogoplata. The win was overturned and ruled a no-contest when Diaz tested positive for marijuana in a post-fight drug test. But come on, bro, we all saw what happened.

The Diaz brothers already have three opponents in common. Nick has scored victories over Joe Hurley (sub R1), Koji Oishi (KO R1), and Josh Neer (sub R3), while Nate has gone 2-1 against the same opposition, dropping a decision to Oishi in his second pro fight before defeating Joe Hurley (sub R2) and Josh Neer (split dec.).

A month after Nate takes on Gomi, Nick will challenge Georges St. Pierre for the UFC’s welterweight title.

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209Soldier- June 21, 2011 at 11:05 am
El Guapo- June 21, 2011 at 10:49 am
Lovin that picture, too. Put that on a shirt & get riiiatch, biiiatch..
El Guapo- June 21, 2011 at 10:48 am
At first glance I thought it said Nate was dropping to 135. Knew he lost two in a row and all but daaaayum, son!
Gladheateher- June 21, 2011 at 10:18 am
Hopefully Gomi has been spending his entire training camp on the treadmill. He punches himself out after the first rnd and spends the remainder of the match stumbling around like a zombie trying to throw bombs in slow mo.
Me likey- June 21, 2011 at 9:20 am
@ machiavelli
eddie bravo says differently. i don't see how somebody that has such good cardio smokes.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 21, 2011 at 8:57 am
Diaz brothers for the win.
Machiavelli- June 21, 2011 at 8:56 am
Mary Jane is not a performance enhancing drug!
Fatty McDickbutts- June 21, 2011 at 8:55 am
TheHulkSmash- June 21, 2011 at 8:39 am
War Diaz Bros. You haters in favor of polite, respectful fighters should be watching golf, not cage fighting.
Dog Dicks Magoo- June 21, 2011 at 6:33 am
I hope Drunk Gomi shows up this time.
mDino- June 21, 2011 at 6:27 am
well that little welterweight stint was pointless
Me likey- June 21, 2011 at 6:26 am
nick likes to pepper people with punches like his brother. i think gomi gets frustrated and starts swinging wild when he is pressed like that. i would love to see gomi land that hard left and ko diaz. melvin guillard couldnt do it and i don't see gomi doing it either. i would love to be wrong though.
Crap Factory- June 21, 2011 at 6:23 am
To see both Stockton shit heads lose within a month of each other will be priceless!
SnackDaddy- June 21, 2011 at 6:23 am
Man, Gomi can take some shots!
frndlylion- June 21, 2011 at 5:51 am
Nate doesnt have the skillset Nick does. Gomi has a chance at kicking the crap out of Nate. I for one would enjoy seeing that.