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Will Demian Maia Be the Man to Bring Nick Diaz Out of ‘Retirement’?


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Earlier this month, Nick Diaz‘s lawyer stated that the Anti-Bullshit Superhero would remain retired unless he was offered a rematch with Georges St. Pierre or an even-more undeserved middleweight title shot against Anderson Silvaheartbreaking news, really. But if there’s any MMA fighter who’s likely to violate our MMA fighters retiring then immediately un-retiring ban, it’s Nick. For all of his complaints about being disrespected by his opponents and getting paid too much but not enough, fighting is in Diaz’s blood, which is a nice way of saying that he has absolutely no other marketable skills and will probably need to come back at some point to earn a living.

So forget those silly retirement threats, and let’s talk about reality — who will Nick actually fight next, assuming that the UFC wouldn’t book Diaz vs. GSP II or Diaz vs. Silva unless they were absolutely desperate. How about Demian Maia, the BJJ whiz who has successfully reinvented his career as a welterweight? Maia’s three-round domination of Jon Fitch at UFC 156 placed him in the top-tier of the 170-pound division, and according to a report from Ariel Helwani on last night’s edition of UFC Tonight, Maia wants to face Nick Diaz in his next appearance, preferably on the August 3rd Aldo vs. Pettis card in Rio.

On one hand, Maia vs. Diaz makes a lot of sense from a competitive standpoint, and you’d think that Diaz would have enough respect for the grappling ace to consider taking the fight. On the other hand, Maia is not Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva, which means that Diaz will probably turn his nose up at the suggestion and go back to playing with his nunchucks.

So what do you think? Is Maia vs. Diaz the most logical option for both men? And who wins that fight if it happens?

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Nippletwist- April 18, 2013 at 1:31 am
the only welterweights capable of beating nick are the ones who can hold him. maia might be able to do that. i doubt nick would come back for this fight tho, he has nothing to gain from this.
El Guapo- April 17, 2013 at 11:47 am
True, true. As well as Demian beating/borderline dominating Fitch at his own game. I remember that one vividly because I bet on Fitch(sigh). Not a good matchup for Saint Nick.
Pen Fifteen- April 17, 2013 at 11:40 am
Exactly El G, and unsurprisingly, it was the shittiest performance Diaz has given in the past 5 years. If he wants to show he deserves another shot at GSP, fighting another brawler is going to do fuck-all toward proving he can actually avoid being taken down for 25 minutes once again. If he can't make it past Maia, he may as well hang it up.
El Guapo- April 17, 2013 at 11:25 am
I'm getting sick and tired of CP making backhanded, condescending comments about Nick's nunchucks. St(d)ick up for trannies all you want, attack the 2nd Ammendment, chronicle Elias' penchant for nacho cheese tater tots. I don't give a shit. But leave Nick's nunchucks be. Capish?
El Guapo- April 17, 2013 at 11:20 am
"Diaz hasn't faced a single serious grappler since..." Last month?
Pen Fifteen- April 17, 2013 at 10:36 am
I think that's Maia's angle: call out Diaz on his grappling credentials. Yes, Diaz tapped Gomi with a gogo, but that was 6 years ago. Maia thinks he can submit the unsubmittable Nick Diaz, but Diaz is too scared to face a guy who is better than him on the ground. You know the dude will bite on that.
Pen Fifteen- April 17, 2013 at 10:33 am
Maia's not a wrestler? Then how did he score 7 takedowns against no less a master of the grapplefuck than Jon Fitch?

Diaz hasn't faced a single serious grappler since his first UFC run, when he lost to Sherk, Diego, and Karo. Given that you know Maia will want nothing to do with the standup and Diaz is so aggressive about going for subs, this could easily be the best matchup of grappler on grappler we've seen in years.
dillsapldorf- April 17, 2013 at 10:18 am
would love to see Nick knock out maia...to guarantee Nick takes it they should offer the winner the number 1 contender spot! and they aint NO WAY Nick Diaz gets submitted by Maia...don't be freakin ridiculous!
Phil Bologna- April 17, 2013 at 10:03 am
Damien will gas by the middle of the second round from backing up to the cage and getting his body torn apart by right hooks. Get your shit together!
Fried Taco- April 17, 2013 at 9:19 am
Maia is a BJJ guy, not a wrestler. I don't see him being able to get inside Diaz's constant punching to be able to work his takedowns. Of course, I too would like to see Maia grapplefuck Diaz. And a submission finish would be real nice! Diaz probably wouldn't tap, so he would be either going to sleep or breaking a limb.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 17, 2013 at 9:16 am
Diaz isn't going to take this fight. It doesn't make sense in a competitive aspect. They wont be able to pay him enough to fight Maia, he wont take the fight. I like the fight I think Diaz's hands would be outstanding and Maia might get caught trying to press Diaz into the cage. On the other hand Maia is a beast and I've made several statements before about how I see Maia having what it takes to become the next Welterweight Champion. Now (Enter hateful degenerate comments from Pen Fifteen and others]
Pen Fifteen- April 17, 2013 at 8:37 am
How is Diaz going to keep it on the feet? He always talks about how he could stop the takedown, but we've never actually seen him do it. I see Maia grapplefucking him to UD, which I would actually enjoying watching.
Fried Taco- April 17, 2013 at 8:31 am
Nick would probably win by keeping it on the feet and out-striking Maia. But I don't see him being interested in the fight, unless Demian splashes water on him to piss him off.
The12ozCurls- April 17, 2013 at 8:15 am
I think Nick is too busy scribing his new book "Zen and the Art of Blender Maintenance" and doesn't care anymore about the fight game.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 17, 2013 at 7:06 am
God I hope not. Let him stay retired permanently, especially after his childish " give me one of these two fights I don't deserve or I'm taking my ball and going home!"
if we just ignore him maybe he will go away for good.
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