White: Nick Diaz liked Hector Lombard fight, then never called back


Dana White said he wanted to make Nick Diaz vs. Hector Lombard. Diaz liked the fight, “but then I never heard from him again."

UFC President Dana White said today that former Strikeforce welterweight champion and former UFC title contender Nick Diaz has been offered another fight, this time against former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard

Diaz wants a title shot, but is coming off losses to both Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, in a stacked division. Thus it is extraordinarily unlikely he secures one if/when he returns to the cage.

However, with Lombard's win having led to the release of Diaz teammate Jake Shields, the offered fight has a built in grudge match angle, with the possibility of a title shot if he comes out on top.


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hendofanforlife site profile image  

4/11/14 4:38 PM by hendofanforlife

So 80% of his best wins were undersized lightweights? Lol

alkysmurf site profile image  

4/11/14 4:16 PM by alkysmurf

Ufc should just use nick as a side show, hand pick opponents who want to bang, and pay him fight by fight like the mother fucking ninja assassin that he is!

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4/11/14 3:54 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

I don't try to put him down, I'm just a realist. Lombard probably wins round 1, gasses from the high pace and gets finished in round 2 or 3. If it's a main event then he's really fucked.

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4/11/14 12:47 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

The true test of a draw is how someone does without another big name and GSP and Lesnar are 2 who can do that. How would Nick vs Mike Pierce do? My guess would be horrible.Another example was Sonnen. People said he was a huge draw leading up to Anderson II. However, Anderson I did well and in between there, Sonnen was on the undercard of an event that did something like 280K buys. If he himself were this huge draw at the time, that card would have done well because of him. Point, some only do well if they have the right opponent. Doesn't mean they are a draw.

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4/11/14 12:36 PM by MattyECB

Also, I know everyone shits on Diaz for not getting numbers and says he only did well with GSP because it was GSP....    But it is fair to point out GSP's card numbers were (in the thousands) Penn -- 920 Alves -- 1,600 (UFC 100 with Lesnar co-headlining) Hardy -- 770 Kos -- 785 Shields -- 800 Condit -- 700 Diaz -- 950 Hendricks -- 630 ...So keep in mind the current champ only managed 630 despite all the trash talk and PED accusations and recent viscious KOs by Hendricks, and keep in mind that Diaz gave him his best numbers ever except for the centennial show, while managing to reach more or less par with GSP's marketed p4p SuperFight rematch (how many angles can one fight have?) against BJ Penn. He might not be a super star draw on his own, but additional to his dedicated fanbase, Diaz draws ppl into huge fights and always makes them exciting. I'm usually arguing with Diaz nuthuggers since they bash GSP, but I'm a huge fan of Diaz and don't understand how quickly ppl love to tear him down and ignore his talent and what he's accomplished. Man's a fucking boss and despite his ridiculous persona, he's one of the few MMA fighters who's absolute golden to fans -- which is even more incredible if you account for his social anxiety and discomfort around strangers

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4/11/14 12:21 PM by MattyECB

Off the top of my head I can remember he's beaten Takanori Gomi (Anyone who discredits this win as anything but superb and legendary should immediately shoot themselves in the face and stop pretending to be MMA fans because this was Pride Gomi under Pride rules, not the shell we saw in the UFC with an 8 cornered octagon sans ropes), KJ Noons, Gleison Tibau (had like one loss at the time and went on a 3-4ish fight UFC win streak rt after), Paul Daley, and BJ Penn. As for stacking up, Pride Gomi is a LW GOAT and would easily match up against any of those names as would BJ Penn. Daley was also fighting great before he got cut and when Diaz took him out he was running a streak around  10 and 1 IIRC and had beaten Kampmann and some other standouts. Perhaps most important is the way he's won his fights, much like Fedor he's pure offense and aggresiveness and will purposely attack his opponent's strong point.   Sure beating Daley in MMA isn't necessarily an incredible accomplishment in and of itself, but completely forgoing your ridiculous BJJ and main MMA-bread-and-butter so you can put on a legendary fight for the fans AND showcase your well rounded game with some amazing striking and chinwork is a whole other issue.  It also shows he's a double threat and stresses he can handle larger fighters at 170 or smaller fighters at 155. Even better that he's one of the rare BJJers who's very exciting for casuals on the ground.  

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4/11/14 12:21 PM by MattyECB

Fuck man, Dana can't have it both ways.  If he's going to ignore top flight fighters like Askren who've done everything they can outside the UFC because they're not entertaining enough, cut monsters like Fitch, Shields and Okami because they're "boring", despite having great records,  and pay them less for not bringing in fans --  then he should be fucking willing to overlook Diaz' record for how fucking exciting he is.  I mean chrissakes, the UFC is desperately trying to build stars right now with AS and GSP out, have a ton of sidelined Champions, and have a guaranteed exciting draw in Nick. Pay the man, and don't go on twitter and try to publically shame him over negotiations you childish cunt. Handle your shit like a man Dana, take your own advice instead of calling warriors afraid. The man went on a crazy tear, racked up some signature wins, came in and destroyed a GOAT in BJ Penn without absolutely outsizing him like most of BJ's recent victors have in WW, lost an uneventful battle against Condit where he didn't do a greatjob with footwork and got outpointed, then lost to the WW and arguably p4p GOAT GSP       ...It was cool for Sonnen to fight for the LH title, right after losing the MW title, after a half-decade of inactivity in that weight class, and after only managing a sub-500 record in that weight class....    But God forbid Diaz get a good contract or a title fight lol I don't think it's necessarily fair to the other fighters, but the UFC's match making never is, nor are their rankings and nor are their matchups, which don't even reflect the already horribly done and likely manipulated rankings lol

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4/11/14 12:05 PM by Kanabull

Was going to say this. Lombard would either need to really pace himself, or KO Nick early. If he faded like he does sometimes in the 3rd (or 4th or 5th rounds if it's a main event), I think Nick would make him wilt.

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4/10/14 3:26 PM by MasterofMartialArts

Lol he called him Jesus Christ, what do you want him to do, wipe his ass too? Fighting is Nicks job, it's how he makes a living. My boss doesn't have to call me and offer me more money or trick me into coming into work. I know that it's a simple equation: no work = no money, which means I can't support my family. It is NOT Dana's job to sit around for months searching for a fight that Nick wants. Nor is it his job to waste his time calling a guy up who is not interested in fighting. If he wants to fight, great. If not, the UFC will find somebody else who will.

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4/10/14 2:50 PM by ReeferMadness

Would love to see Diaz vs Brown but I don't blame Dana at all for not wanting to fork out 500K.