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Old-School Fight: Nick Diaz vs. Chris Lytle, 7/12/2002


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Back in July 2002, when Nick Diaz was an 18-year-old rookie with a pro record of 1-0, and Chris Lytle was a 9-6-5 journeyman Pancrase vet trying to hit his stride, the two welterweights met at an IFC Warriors Challenge event in Porterville, California. It was a gritty scrap, with the momentum going back and forth, Nick’s forehead getting slashed open, and one of the bikini-clad ring girls freaking out about a heel-hook attempt at the 13:46 mark. (That’s our kind of chick.) Diaz wound up taking a narrow split decision. Both fighters would make their UFC debuts the following year, but never crossed paths in the cage again.

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DazedNConfused- November 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Nah Diaz is still Legit. I'd love to see him back in the UFC. Funny how 18yr old Nick is still larger and in better shape than present day Nate.
Subo- November 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm
This is how far you have to go back to see Nick Diaz beat a top 25 welterweight.

/bitching about the USAT/SBN rankings
Carl Sagan- November 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm
Wow, the diet Rosenthal was pretty bad.
itsgalf- November 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm
is that....Josh Rosenthal?
El Guapo- November 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Crack kills, Nick. Smoke weed instead.
dude- November 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Bring Nick Diaz back to the UFC!
Ryan Meleedy- November 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm
anyone else realize that josh rosenthal raised both of their hands when the anouncer says split decision? thought for a second it was a draw. LOL. oh 2002 wasnt that long ago, but in MMA terms, it was.
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