Did Diaz deserve a title fight in the 1st place?

by E. Spencer Kyte, Duane Finley | source: heavy.com

First up is Nick Diaz and whether or not he was/is deserving of a shot at the UFC welterweight title.

This one actually came up shortly after his no-show at the UFC 137 media event in September, but we decided arguing about him closer to his fight made far more sense.

Making the case for Diaz is feature writer Duane Finley, while lead writer Spencer Kyte takes the opposing stance.

Ready… debate!

YAY: Nick Diaz Deserves to be at the Top

Diaz has been conquering non-ranked competition for years, and the fact he hasn't faced a legitimate wrestler since leaving the UFC brings cause for concern. With those things on the table, we have to look at the other side of this business in considering his claim to a title shot — the entertainment factor.

While Nick Diaz has proven to be a promotional nightmare at times, there is no denying the excitement he brings when the cage door closes. Diaz may not always show up for the media obligations attached to his upcoming fight, but rest assured, when it's time to fight, he's throwing smoke and looking to end the fight.

NAY: Nick Diaz Didn't Deserve a Title Shot

The argument that Diaz deserved an immediate title shot based on the strength of what he'd done is Strikeforce is horribly flawed.

I can see giving him the shot because you only have one opportunity to make a champion vs. champion bout, but trying to say that beating the collection of mediocre competitors he faced in Strikeforce somehow merited a shot at the belt is ridiculous.

Diaz has beaten one quality welterweight in almost two years, Paul Daley, and he's not even a top 25 guy right now. Everyone else dating back to his welterweight championship tilt at Strikeforce: Miami fell somewhere between average and being an average lightweight.he fight.

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newjack900 site profile image  

10/25/11 4:34 PM by newjack900

Daley not a top 25 guy? Let's not go crazy. He was able to hold is own in the UFC and even received a #1 contender match not long ago. He is one of the most explosive and powerful WW's in the sport. He's not as well rounded as he needs to be but how many WW's out of the top 10-15 are?

AlexanderTheGreatJJ site profile image  

10/25/11 2:48 PM by AlexanderTheGreatJJ

Business perspective: yesSkills/accomplishment perspective: no

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/25/11 2:24 PM by LilBrockonmychest

 2-3 fights against top contenders in the UFC = NIck never fighting for the title

stonepony site profile image  

10/25/11 2:18 PM by stonepony


stonepony site profile image  

10/25/11 1:50 PM by stonepony

Nope. And, big mistake blowing off the GSP fight, it was the only chance he had at a title. Doubt he'll beat BJ.

subwrassler site profile image  

10/25/11 1:15 PM by subwrassler

Easily Yes!Fitch? C'mon.he's never been a champ, and couldn't beat GSP or BJ.And who did he beat that was so great that he deserved his shot in the first place? Fact is, he beat everyone he faced for 9 or so straight fights....Nick is a Champion and has done better in terms of win streak.

Blackbeltpanda site profile image  

10/25/11 1:09 PM by Blackbeltpanda

Most interesting match-up available.

KVLT site profile image  

10/25/11 1:09 PM by KVLT

no, he should have been made to get smashed by Fitch first, then beaten by elenberger, then kos, then rory, then cut.

Leghound site profile image  

10/25/11 1:07 PM by Leghound

I side with this. I would have liked to see him matched up with a few at 170 first. Kos, Condit, etc. would all be interesting fights and telling about Nick's place in the heirarchy.

AssassinsNATION site profile image  

10/25/11 12:54 PM by AssassinsNATION

How can anyone who has followed mma for a while now not argue that he does deserve the title shot. He is one of the top fighters in his division IMO. Like him or hate him he is there to fight and win, not be a entertainer and he does just that.... He fights and wins. He has had a long career and beat many top level fighters.