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[VIDEOS] Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Donald Cerrone, + More Make Their Picks for Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

Can you guys imagine what the MMA landscape will be like if Nate Diaz is able to defeat Ben Henderson on Saturday, thus becoming the lightweight champion? For starters, this article will be the first and last time you ever see the word “thus” in a sentence where the subject is a Diaz, but on the grander scale, just try and imagine the ways a Diaz with a belt will throw a wrench into the UFC’s plans. Interviews snippets will be so short and incoherent that MMA writers will be forced to resort to rambling, ludicrous conspiracy theories just to pass the time. And as for the brand-promoting public appearances that have become the standard for a champion? You can forget about those; we’re talking about a man who once tried to fight a fictional Brazilian character at a Jiu-Jitsu expo for Christ’s sake. If one fan even mentions the Maynard fight around Diaz in public, the UFC will probably have a full-scale riot on their hands.

If you would, just picture Nate Diaz at an anti-bullying seminar for a moment. After showing up 3 hours late and being reluctantly called to the stage, Diaz will deliver a one minute diatribe aimed at America’s “faggoty yoots“ who should “just like, yeah, I dunno” before calling out “that bitch Georges,” his eyes never lifting from the linoleum floor. When he is informed that he is in fact the lightweight champion and can’t fight GSP right now, Diaz will declare that he’s “done with this shit” before slapping that stupid ass hat off the school’s gym teacher on his way out the door. Simply put, it will be glorious.

Anyway, MMAInterviews recently asked a bevy of pros including Frankie Edgar, Randy Couture, Gray Maynard, and Donald Cerrone to determine the likelihood of a world in which a Diaz is champion, and believe it or not, the overwhelming majority of them believe it’s something we should start preparing ourselves for.

By a final tally of 8 to 3 (with 4 undecided), it appears as if Diaz would be the heavy favorite coming into Saturday’s fight. The most telling pick in my opinion would be that of former champ Frankie Edgar, who you might recall actually beat Ben Henderson at UFC 150 yet was declared the loser (YEAH, I SAID IT). Edgar believes Diaz will lay a good old fashioned 209 curb-stomping on Henderson. The bookies, however, do not share this sentiment, as Henderson is currently a slight favorite hovering around -155.

So we might as well get the obligatory question out of the way: Who do you like for this fight and how, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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Superstar Khan- December 6, 2012 at 8:11 am
very surprised by these picks.. i see this fight as ben taking down nate at will and beating the crap out of him from on top.. am i the only one?
hitekredneck- December 6, 2012 at 3:05 am
Diaz majority decision. Changes to nc after diaz gets caught burning one with Ronda in the changing room.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 6, 2012 at 2:00 am
I want Diaz to win. Henderson pissed me off last time around. He is very tough to finish but I don't think he deals with extremely aggressive fighters very well. He was able to nullify Edgar by bullying him with his size difference but I don't see him being able to control the action with Diaz. I think Diaz will give him the Pettis treatment. Either way it should be a hell of a fight.
cman- December 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm
Ya know, this whole fix is on conspiracy crap is ridiculous. If they had issue with Diaz being champ THEY WOULD HAVE JUST NOT BOOKED THE FIGHT.
coldbeer78- December 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm
Nate Diaz wants to fight for the fuckin belt so he can get him self a new pair of numchuks. (Prebek rules!)
intercept440- December 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm
im going to call this right now... hnderson 2nd round tko...fuck the 209 homie
BigBalluh- December 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm
author, you do realize Nate revealed that was all a joke with renato. just sayin
Alan K- December 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Of course Frankie wants Nate to win. He must hate Ben since he should've been declared the winner at 150.
The Oracle of MMA- December 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm
I want to see Diaz win this fight so bad it hurts.

Sadly he will not. It will go to decision with Rogan and Goldie both agreeing that Diaz won 4 out of 5 rounds then the crooked judges will give the decision to the charismatic champion.

As the judges leave the scene astute observers will notice Dana slip each of them envelopes stuffed with cash. Crisis bad-for-business champions like the Diaz's this night.
loopdogg5- December 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm
mma4ever- December 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Im just curious i know diaz has a big fight comming up but did he figure that blender shit out yet?
2DaDeath- December 5, 2012 at 11:42 am
Nate via 6" reach advantage.
Supersneeker- December 5, 2012 at 10:32 am
Nate via double bird
The12ozCurls- December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am
Damn! Gray Maynard is not going to be curing cancer any time soon. I don't know if he has been hit too many times in the head or what - but he is the epitome of a dumb jock.
BaghdadBob- December 5, 2012 at 10:22 am
Put a shirt on, Maynard, you hippie
Fried Taco- December 5, 2012 at 9:52 am
Bendo beats Diaz via failed metabolites test.
angry little feet- December 5, 2012 at 9:48 am
Woooo! War Diaz! WHAT!!??