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Nick Diaz Will Finally Get the Chance to Beat Up “Mach” Sakurai at Dream.15

(Sorry Nick, but there’s no way you’re winning this competition for overall chest viewership. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin’s archives.)

You can probably put this in the ‘fights that would have been great two years ago’ category, but at least it’s happening. According to – your go-to source for very brief stories on why the Gracie squad rules and you totally suck – Nick Diaz will be fighting Hayato “Mach” Sakurai in a 170-pound, non-title bout at Dream.15 in Tokyo at the end of May.

It’s a fight Diaz has been trying to secure for some time, only in light of Sakurai’s recent decline it seems far less competitive now. Sakurai lost his last two fights in decisive fashion, first to recent Diaz victim Marius Zaromskis via head kick, and then to Akihiro Gono via armbar. What’s worse is how uninspired he looked against Gono, as if he would rather be anywhere else than in the ring.

If that same Sakurai shows up to fight Diaz, who’s riding a six-fight winning streak since his TKO loss due to cuts against KJ Noons, it could be a very quick and painful night in front of his home crowd.

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fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm
I'm still hoping the Cameron Diaz v's My Dick bout go's ahead
PERPATRAITOR- April 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm
I never said Diaz could could beat GSP. A worthy and dangerous Opponent YES. he'd lose probably. Look at who Diaz has fought and look at his age. He has such an awesome future. Plus his black belt in Bjj is legit, some guys have bs bjj blackbelts. I won't claim too many names but Mir and silva come to mind...
Komodo- April 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Nick Diaz is in that picture? Where?
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm
@Pickle, told you it would stir some interest, do i think the Diaz boys would win these fights? they'd be a chance, but i still say they'd be great scraps, I'd just like to see them both back in UFC, consistently fighting the top calibre guys
Kimbos Bread- April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

The name is a joke (on Kimbo). He's always looking for his bread. It's not meant to be serious.

Marius hit Diaz, Diaz got stunned, then Marius grazed his chin and Diaz hit the mat. Done. The eye rolling thing doesn't always happen. Go watch Liddell vs Couture 2.

Diaz bitching about him slipping is a fucking joke. He's trying to make himself look better than he really is. Any idiot can see that. Jackson did exactly the same to him too, he got sent to the mat several times in that fight. It looked exactly the same.

Nick Diaz wins fights, but considering that he's not fighting top flight competition, he stands no chance against top P4P fighters like GSP.

Don't get me wrong, Diaz is a good fighter, but not top P4P caliber. Someone like Thiago Alves would paint the octagon red with Diaz's blood. People who think Diaz can beat GSP don't know what the hell they are talking about.
PERPATRAITOR- April 8, 2010 at 11:52 am
@kimbos bread
1st how can anyone take you seriously with kimbo in your username? so during that fight. Zaromskis hits diaz hard and turned diaz's head. hurt diaz and made him cover. what are his eyes doing? they are looking at zaromskis, they aren't rolled back into his head. when eyes roll back it is a KO. while backing up diaz slipped and zaromskis had his best chance to finish but couldn't. end of story. you can't discredit the ass stomping he gave zaromskis. i thought that was a horrible thing to do to zaromskis. having his US debut against diaz was not fair to him.
how many fights are flawless victories? this was a heavy one sided fight, flawless? no...ask frank shamrock about one sided fights too lol
Kimbos Bread- April 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

Watch the fight against Marius again; 2:33 on the fight clock in round one.

Watch it again, and again... then come here and kiss my hairy ass.

I'll be waiting for you. Homie.
nooger- April 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

do you know a certain fellow named Gegard Moussasi? He'd give anyone in the UFC LHW Division Fits. He'd easily be a top 5 contender.

In all honestly, I'm more excited to see Moussasi and Aoki fight, over the main event hendo shields fight.

I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see G. Moussasi in the UFC.
belou- April 8, 2010 at 10:30 am
I dont think he would beat GSP, I just think that he has a better chance than anyone else I can think of, and it would make a good fight, and a good hype.

He has fought lesser cpmpetition, and yes, he made them look silly.
Zoromskis is a good fighter, and Diaz embarassed him. He beat him difinitively.
rlh61- April 8, 2010 at 9:00 am
While Diaz is certainly a tough fighter, I just don't see him beating GSP or BJ. Both would be fun to watch, but I don't see him winning either one of them. I guess it doesn't help that I'm not a fan of either Nick or Nate...but they sure can scrap.
PERPATRAITOR- April 8, 2010 at 8:52 am
ALMOST GOT KO'd by Marius!?!? Your retarded, he slipped after a punch and you can see him talk about that slip on He's been knocked silly 1 time and it wasn't a complete KO by Jeremy Jackson but a true defeat yes. His head is hard as fuck, Diaz is has a caveman skull. When he gets hurt he sits to sit on his ass lol, like the noons fight, but ko? Good luck, you will break your fist first.
Joe Bananas- April 8, 2010 at 8:35 am
Can we get a Hot Potato article about this ring girl?
Kimbos Bread- April 8, 2010 at 7:37 am

Yeah, like when he almost got KOed by Marius Zaromskis in his last fight.
common sense- April 8, 2010 at 6:19 am
its not his fault. but hes not fighting like GSP or anything. hes still my favorite fighter though, and im sure that if he was to fight them, he would win.

just wait
skeletor- April 8, 2010 at 6:05 am
Yeah not as high level of competition but still good fighters. Also he makes them look pretty bad in the process, the difference in skill levels is pretty apparent.
ReX13- April 8, 2010 at 5:37 am
Hmmm, a lot of guys are big on Nick Diaz, including Diaz over GSP. Did i miss Nick taking a level in badass? Maybe i'm wrong--this happens to me far more often than i'd like--but i lean toward the idea that Diaz has been fighting lesser competition, making him look like more of a world-beater. I do enjoy his fights though, and i don't dislike his personality. I'm just not ready to swing off hs nuts quite yet.
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 3:10 am
and after we've decided
Nick Diaz v's GSP
Nate Diaz V's BJ Penn, we'll sort out
Cameron Diaz v's My Dick

HAHA no more weed for me
Goog- April 8, 2010 at 2:02 am
One, two................. three. Three perfect boobs.
belou- April 8, 2010 at 12:51 am
I have been watching Diaz lose, revamp, lose again, revamp, win, win again and win yet again for quite a while now.
I think it is crazy that Dana is not after him in a hard core way. If there is any true challenger out there to de-throne the mighty GSP, it is Diaz!
And I dont say that lightly, I am a Canadian and will always root for my boy, but, Diaz is the shit. i would pay good money for that show, and I am guessing many of you out there would as well.
who better a challanger does GSP have? Seriously? there is none. If there were, we would have seen him by now and he would have stepped up.
Diaz has all the tools to get the job done, and he has exactly the kind of attitude and demeaner to make for a great drama in contrasting hype for a fight with GSP. Unlike the "Hey, I am a bad-ass, look at my hair! is that not proof to you americans that I am a bad-ass? please?"that Hardy put the show on for, Diaz is an actual Bad-Ass, and a true threat. (plus , Diaz would DESTROY Hardy in a stand-up match!)
enough blathering for me, im drunk and need to go to bed!.
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 12:35 am
PERPETRAITOR, That's a pretty fair point you make in regards to those decisions, that was a pretty bullshit TKO in favour of Noons, course then it all got all WWE and everyone blamed those Stockton badboys, but Nick, IMO, had just been royally screwed and most fighters with a drop of passion in them would have at least been questioning the decision
PERPATRAITOR- April 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Oh btw. Notice how he can still smoke weed for this fight :)
PERPATRAITOR- April 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm
I have all Gracie fighters as my myspace friends. NIck Diaz is going to combine the belts of all fight leagues. How can Nick get tko'd by noons when you have bj kicking vagina in Diego sanchezs head and they are still brawling. Such a bullshit hatin ass loss. WAR DIAZ!!
fatbellyfrank- April 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm
But you'd still tap it right? I sure as shit would, on other matters, I know it would be simpler if the Diaz boys just put the bong down, but unless I've been smoking the wrong shit all this time, I fail to see how pot can be considered performance enhancing, only prob with pot is it stays in your system so long, you can have a session 10 days out from a test, but still show traces even though theres no way you're stoned anymore.
And yeah Purple Pickle, I'd ante up to see the Diaz boys against any/all mw/ww/lw
Nick v's GSP, Nate v's BJ that would certainly stir some interest
PurplePickle- April 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm
The chick looks like Diana Falzone with whore makeup (Red Eye FTW).

Diaz has gone from my top five asshole to top five fighter in the world. I was a hater and now I'm a nuthugger. A boxing fanatic that I know was gushing about his stand-up the other day. I told him about Diaz' Gracie BJJ background and the consensus was that he was a badmuthafucka. Sans positive urine, that is.

Diaz vs any mw/ww/lw. I'll pay cash money to see that scrap. April 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm
Best caption for pic EVER!