“Jersey” Nick vs. “Aussie” Wayne – Episode 5 – Diaz vs. Poirier

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Nate Diaz vs. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier

“We ARE surprised Motherf**kers”!

A surprise announcement from the UFC that the return of Nate Diaz was upon us.

Many thought a trilogy against “The Notorious” Conor McGregor would be the only chance of ever seeing the Stockton bad boy again. Most thought Nate Diaz was done and dusted. A surprise twist at the 25th. anniversary press conference had Nate Diaz center stage answering questions. Diaz said that he has been ineligible to fight and was surprised the UFC did not tell the media. Whatever that means isn’t important, but what is important is the return of Nate Diaz.

A fight against the surging Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 MUST excite the true fans of our sport.

It’s an interesting match-up that in today’s article “Jersey” Nick and “Aussie” Wayne will go to battle, they will choose a side and go to war!

1 Topic, 2 opinions, 500 words!


Aussie Wayne’s verdict: Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision 49-46

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier 24-5-1NC (19 wins have come by finishes)

A fighter I find many MMA enthusiasts underrate and I can never put a finger on why. 30 professional fights at 29 years old, with only 5 defeats against the killers of the 145 and 155 weight divisions in the UFC. His only losses coming against Danny Castillo (8 years ago), Chan Sung Jung (a submission loss to an exciting fighter), Cub Swanston (a decision loss to the WEC/UFC veteran and fan favourite), “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (Dustin’s team realised the weight cut was depleting their fighters strength after that fight) and Michael Johnson took advantage of hurting him early in the last loss of his career!

Since then he has been on a remarkable surge, look at some of the names on his resume-Max Holloway, Erik Koch, Yancy Medeiros, Joseph Duffy, Bobby Green, Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez! A killer’s row of fighters in anyone’s language that he has left in his wake.

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is on a tear towards the championship belt. He recently said “I won’t answer unless it’s a shot at the title”

But the chance to fight Nate Diaz is the next best thing and must be a nice payday!

It’s also a very winnable fight against a 19-11 fighter who has been beaten by lesser opposition then Poirier!

Poirier’s skill set matches up well with Diaz. He matches Diaz in the boxing department. I believe Diaz has great volume in his hands but lacks true knock out power.

Poirier’s distance control and head movement will ensure he can keep Diaz at a range he wants.

Poirier’s ability to land kicks will be the key to victory. Diaz has a heavy front leg boxing stance and his own ego doesn’t allow for him to check kick attacks.

Inside leg kicks, oblique kicks, low calf killers, and outside thigh kicks are always easily landed on Nate Diaz (think the Benson Henderson fight).

Both have grappling, so in my opinion that cancels each other out. In a clinch against the cage, Poirier would be the stronger of the two. Diaz has a high level of BJJ, but Poirier is no hack on the ground. Both men have cardio, so Diaz won’t be able to sit and wait for Poirier to gas as he did against McGregor.

Diaz has been inactive since his last fight against McGregor, that inactivating will hurt him in this fight. By the time he warms up to the task, he will be 2 or 3 rounds down already.

Poirier has been active and beaten the top echelon of the division. He is primed to take out one of the biggest names in combat sports.

His ability to grind out a victory even when facing adversity cannot be questioned.

In my opinion, this will be a clear victory for Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier!

Jersey Nick’s Verdict: Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (48-47)

Nate Diaz 19-11 (17 wins have come by finishes)

The Stockton bad boy is finally back in action. A break in his service which most believed was a waiting period for the Conor McGregor trilogy has been proven as false. Diaz himself said that he had been involved in a lawsuit which he did not disclose the details of. He also said it made him ineligible to fight, but now he is ready and available. Diaz is a long time veteran of the sport with 30 professional fights. Out of his 11 losses only twice has the TUF season 5 winner been finished. Once via submission in 2006 to a high-level BJJ black belt and again in 2013 due to a referee stoppage. The rest of his losses have gone the distance and some decisions were questionable.

Diaz has always been a fan favorite due to his pre and post-fight antics and his willingness to fight anyone. Throughout his career, he has also faced an army of high-level opponents and everytime adds the excitement factor.

Even with Diaz being a fan favorite the best way to put a certified killer stamp on his career is to obtain UFC gold. With all legal issues resolved Diaz hopped back into the spotlight taking on a game opponent who has been on a mission. While Dustin Poirier is one of the top lightweights I think this is a nightmare match-up for him.

While both fighters have a similar attitude in fights this is just going to be a classic Diaz will outwork his opponent fight. Contrary to my Australian friend above opinion I believe that Diaz has superior boxing in this match-up. He can put out a tremendous amount of volume and take every fight into the deep waters where his triathlon level cardio will shine through. He also wins in the area of durability. It’s almost like you don’t see the real Nate Diaz until there is some bloodshed. Diaz will rack up numbers in every aspect of punching and the wear and tear will be to much for Poirier. Diaz has not been known for his knockout power, but do not sleep on his ability to do so. That could turn into an early night for anyone who stands across from him.

Poirier is an expert at using his range and picking his shots against many high-level opponents, but how many of those opponents are more than comfortable taking on damage to get the job done. If this turns into a ground war this is where the Stockton native will really excel with 14 submission wins. Poirier is very fight smart though and I do not think you will see this unless he makes a mistake which is very rare. The one and only advantage that I can see is in the leg kick area. I have heard though that even with a heavy front foot boxing approach Diaz has resolved the issue of eating leg kicks. While I can not confirm this it sounds logical since that has been part of the book on how to win against him.

Diaz has been not been in action since his last fight against McGregor, but I do not see ring rust being an issue. It’s not like he just has been sitting home and not training hard every day as he always has.

The only actual issue that I see Diaz facing is his ability to start hard out of the gate. He has been known as a slow starter but makes up for it with durability. I can only see Poirier having two rounds to get the job done. Diaz will dominate on the ground and has never been KO’ed. Poirier would have to be the first. When the smoke clears I think you will get to see an absolute war.

In my opinion, this will be a hard fought war with fight of the year stamped on it, but it will chalk up the 20th. win for Nate Diaz.

 

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