Nick Diaz signs with Pride!
01-20-2007 10:40 PM
Nick Diaz signs with Pride!
Nick Diaz has signed with Pride, and is rumored to be fighting Gomi at the next show here in the U.S. Nick has always walked around at about 175, so he was very small in the UFC WW division, 160 should suit him better. If Gomi/Diaz happens who are you fellas taking and why? Should be a good fight, I'd take Gomi by KO, although its likely it will go to decision.
01-20-2007 10:45 PM
After sanchez beat diaz i was dissapointed with his weapons, but the fact remains that he can still land an elbow or punch that could cut gomi ala kenny florian. im going to go against my instinct and say war ending in the third by ko from gomi.
01-20-2007 11:56 PM
I think it will go to a decision for Gomi. I don't think Diaz strikes with enough power to KO anybody except for that one time he got lucky. But he has an awesome chin. He took loads of punishment from Joe Riggs and didn't look like he got hurt too bad.
01-21-2007 12:36 AM
If Gomi KO's Diaz that says quite a bit. Like Warrior said, Diaz is a punishment taking machine. I am probably in the minority here, but I like Diaz a lot, guy is entertaining as hell. Although my more precise prediction, Gomi by KO to the body.
01-21-2007 12:59 AM
Gomi will win by ref stoppage late in the first or early in the second. Diaz puts up a good fight against just about everyone, but he's outclassed. It will be interesting to see how Diaz fairs against other top Pride guys. It will give us a nice UFC vs. Pride comparison for the lighter guys.
Is it a one fight deal, though? I think Lawlor's deal might have just for one fight since I heard he had a fight for another org.
01-21-2007 01:14 AM
I'm not sure if it is a one fight deal, but I hope not. Diaz/Sakurai, Aoki, Hansen, Melendez, I'd love to see any of those fights.
Originally Posted by jas123
01-21-2007 10:27 AM
...and it is probably a better weight class for Diaz.
Originally Posted by Alexander
01-21-2007 11:07 AM
Here is how it happens:
Both men circle around the middle and throw a few jabs. Gomi notices that Diaz continues to throw lazy punches that drag back and keeps his hands too low. Gomi attacks with a big overhand followed by a hook knocking Diaz down. Gomi gets on top and hits a few shots. Diaz escapes to his feet but gets stuck in a corner as Gomi unloads punch after punch until ref stops as Diaz can no longer defend.
This is how I expect it to go.
01-21-2007 05:52 PM
Sounds like a pretty good prediction. Much better than Alex's bodyshot KO.
Originally Posted by size
01-21-2007 06:39 PM
Hey, I predicted bodyshot KO in the Mirko/Magamedov fight! Gomi is a sick bodypuncher, and Diaz will be a skeleton at 160. O.K. fine I'm lying I didn't predict a bodyshot KO in the Mirko/Magomedov fight, but it sounded cool.
Originally Posted by jas123
01-21-2007 07:25 PM
It's certainly possible and you'll look pretty smart if it happens. CC has dropped a few people with that liver kick like the Texas Crazy Horse although it took a little GnP to finish him. I think he'll drop Sylvia with it as well.
01-21-2007 09:55 PM
I would have expected Gilbert Melendez to get a shot at Gomi before Diaz would,?
Diaz can take a punch, and Gomi's the man to give him one or ten, I don't see Nick's groundgame being good enough to sub Gomi before the Fireball Kid takes him out.
Cro Cop was pretty green when he fought in K1,still good enough to knock JLB to the floor, he's matured as a fighter, I think he would have an excellent chance to beat Semmy Schilt there with his world's best LHK, but he probably won't go for it.
I say world's best because there are other guys who can kick that high, but no one currently in K1 can do so with his power.
01-22-2007 11:03 AM
Diaz is a fairly big name in the UFC so it makes sense that Gomi would be sent to take him out for his US debut. Melendez should get a shot soon, but I'm sure it will be nontitle.
Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
01-23-2007 01:38 AM
Diaz/Gomi is official along with: Mac Danzig/Mach, Trigg/Misaki, and Nak/Wiuff. I don't know much about Danzig, anybody? Trigg/Misaki should be good, and Nak shouldn't have much trouble with Wiuff. Anybody going to this event?
01-23-2007 12:42 PM
Danzig fought in KOTC...
I think Diaz has a chance if he gets Gomi to the ground.
01-23-2007 05:57 PM
I've never seen Danzig fight, but he has a good record against not so good caliber fighters, Mach should handle him easily. So far the card looks like this: (with my picks in parenthesis)
Wand vs Hendo(Wand)
Gomi vs Diaz(Gomi)
Shogun vs Overeem II(Overeem)
Mach vs Danzig(Mach)
Trigg vs Misaki(Misake)
Nak vs Wiuff(Nak)
Kharitonov vs Yvel(Kharitonov)
and possibly Robbie Lawler vs Cung Lee(Lawler)
They'll most likely add 2-3 more fights, looks good so far.
01-23-2007 10:49 PM
Avant's #1 Stunna'
The first and probably only time I'll ever say that.
01-23-2007 11:32 PM
Wand vs Hendo- Wanderlei in typical mauling style as Hendo isn't a linear striker. Should be entertaining.
Gomi vs Diaz- Gomi by GnP from vicious bodyshot. Diaz is dumb enough to trade and he won't KO Gomi standing, won't cut him with elbows either as it's illegal. I hope Gomi puts it to him. Diaz needs some attitude adjustment via being beat senseless.
Shogun vs Overeem II -Toss up. Overeem ends it quickly in 5 mins or he gasses and Shogun gets a sub or decision.
Mach vs Danzig - Mach. Danzig hasn't faced a fighter the caliber of Mach. Fought mostly bums in KOTC and he can't match Mach striking or on the ground.
Trigg vs Misaki- I'll give Trigg the advantage as his sub defense is better. He's probably stronger standing but I see him taking to the ground for GnP win.
Nak vs Wiuff- Nak likely by sub or decision.
Kharitonov vs Yvel- Sergei, though he's been spotty as of late.
Robbie Lawler vs Cung Lee- Hope Lawler beats him senseless.
And I'll definitely be in attendance to witness it all.
01-23-2007 11:42 PM
Nice analysis and picks.
Originally Posted by ersatz
01-24-2007 11:14 AM
I agree with for the most part. Except for Shogun over Overeem. Overeem's dangerous, but he's not looked good lately. Injuries seem to be a factor, but Shogun will survive the onslaught and sub him.
Glad to see Trigg fighting top competition again, but I think he'll lose.
Sergei should stick to fighting in the US cause he's been eating a lot of knees to the face. Hopefully, he'll take Yvel down and GnP him. NO 'bring it on hand gestures'.
Wandy will be confident against Hendo and maul him as you guys said.
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