According to Dana White and Nate Diaz himself, the newly declared #1 contender for the light-weight division stated at the UFC on FOX post-fight press conference that he will wait for the winner of the pending Ben Henderson VS Frankie Edgar bout. Just prior to the Jim Miller VS Nate Diaz contest, the rumor mill began to swirl that Edgar had injured his nose in training and the upcoming rematch with BenDo was going to get pushed back until later this year in the September-November area. If that is the case, Diaz is going to be sitting for the next several months.
According to the official UFC twitter account:
“Dana says Diaz will wait for the title shot. He had the option to fight Pettis first if he wanted to stay busy but it was never mandated.”
Fair enough, I suppose, but if Nate is going to wait until after the scheduled championship rematch and then linger until the winner heals, we are conservatively looking at March of 2013 or later before he competes again. That is a pretty long lay-off for a competitor that had 4 fights in 2011. Not only did he compete 4 times last year, he mixed a change of weight-class in between the two. Since being dominated by Rory MacDonald, Diaz has destroyed Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller while raking in 2 “submission of the night” bonuses plus a “fight of the night” check as well.
With that being said . . . . . What about Anthony Pettis? After his destruction of Joe Lauzon in February he seemed to be the heir apparent to the #1 contender spot. It appears that it is just tough luck for a guy that has already beaten the current UFC light-weight champ and now he is going to have to take another tough fight just to maintain his ranking within the UFC. It may seem like sour grapes but DW announced prior to the UFC on FOX 3 matches that Diaz would become the #1 contender with a victory.
Doesn’t it seem logical that Diaz VS Pettis would be the obvious match booked on the same fight card just prior to the main event during the Bendo VS Edgar rematch PPV? Whoever wins their perspective fights would have to compete on the same night and then know who they would be fighting next. No showers post fight for the winner of Diaz VS Pettis. In fact, make the winner do commentary while watching the main event. It couldn’t be worse than Jeff Blatnick or Jim Brown back in the old days
It’s a pipe dream, I know. I just have a few questions for the Potato Nation.
Though he earned it, should Diaz sit out for the next 8-10 months (ala Condit) even though he is on a wrecking spree?
Who should Pettis fight in the mean time?
Once Gilbert Meledez is given a UFC contract, is he going to spoil the party in the light-weight division because he and Diaz are teammates?
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