Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains under Cesar Gracie with top UFC contender Jake Shields and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz. Diaz has been talking about doing some pro boxing (which is allowed under his SF contract) and Melendez thinks he’ll “do just fine”:
“I think Nick (Diaz) is the type of guy who just likes to challenge himself personally. He does the ironman, that’s why he did MMA and that’s why he wants to do boxing. He wants something to motivate him. I don’t think he cares what anyone thinks, win or lose. He just wants to challenge himself and that’s what he’s going to do. I think he’s also put himself in a good situation where he has that bargaining chip now, maybe they’re going to be forced to give him that top opponent to stay in MMA.”
“I respect that he’s going to do boxing and go outside his comfort zone and test himself. I think it’s amazing and I think Fernando Vargas might be making a mistake. (With boxing) Just the dollar figure and all that as well, I don’t know what the contract says; it’s just going to be a lot more persuading and also might evolve the MMA game as well.”
“I know I can’t hang with (top level) pro boxers, I’m realistic, I know I’d get smashed. Nick Diaz goes (to) spar with Andre Ward and to me is the best 167 pounder in the world out there and he survives. He has bad days; he might even have good days and that’s the toughest guy in the world. If he can hang with him and have good days against him, I think Nick Diaz will do just fine with someone like Fernando Vargas and a lot of guys out there. (Diaz) spars a lot of tough guys. He’s already doing it, he’s already there. He’s also not naive about stuff, so I think it’ll be great for him.” See More Here.
The Sexiest MMA Bodies of All Time
They are the girls we have idolized since they first stepped foot into the MMA world. Some of them have graced the covers of magazines, strolled across the mats of the fighting rings, or even went onto win championships. These sexy MMA girls are some of the many reasons why we are in love with the sport today. From ring girls, to models, to fighters, they are not only some of the sexiest women in the sport, but some of the hottest women we have ever seen throughout our lives. Not a big MMA fan like me? No worries, I’ve managed to compile a list that any fan or non-fan can be absolutely proud of. While none of these girls are ranked in this walk through history, each one of them has made their mark on the sport by simply being beautiful.
The Top 5 Georges St. Pierre Fights
The current Ultimate Fighting Championships Welterweight title holder has had a great career thus far. Georges St-Pierre has an overall record of 21-2, including a 15-2 record inside the Octagon. Most recently, fans have complained that his fights haven’t been interesting. He is known to hold fighters down on the mat for 25 minutes. But that’s not to say that he hasn’t had some great fights.
No. 1: Matt Hughes at UFC 65 – November 2006
This fight was for the UFC Welterweight title. In 2004, St-Pierre had an opportunity to take the belt away from Hughes, but instead, was forced to tap out. After winning five fights in a row, St-Pierre got another chance to dethrone the man who held the title for over two years.
In the second round of the fight, St-Pierre caught Hughes with a head kick which he then followed with several punches, causing the TKO stoppage to win the title.
No. 2: B.J. Penn at UFC 58 – March 2006
This was the first of two fights between these two men. The winner of this fight was next in line for a welterweight title shot. As Joe Rogan would say, these guys went to war with each other for three five minute rounds. It was the first time a fighter, other than Hughes had put up a legitimate challenge against the Canadian.
When the fight went to the judge’s scorecards, St-Pierre won via split decision.
No. 3: Matt Serra at UFC 83 – April 2008
When Serra shocked the world by taking the welterweight title away from St-Pierre at UFC 69, many thought St-Pierre didn’t take Serra seriously. That’s what I thought happened. A year later, after defeating Josh Koscheck and then Hughes to become the Interim Welterweight Champion, St-Pierre got another chance at Serra.
No. 4: Penn at UFC 94 – January 2009
St-Pierre-Penn 2 was billed as a rematch to remember. Instead, we saw St-Pierre destroy The Prodigy in Las Vegas. Penn was brutalized throughout the fight, causing his corner to stop the fight after the fourth round. It was St-Pierre’s second successful title defense.
No. 5: Koscheck at UFC 124 – December 2010
Writing about this fight makes me happy inside. During their season on The Ultimate Fighter as coaches, Koscheck, a guy I liked when he was a competitor on the show, proved that all he could do was talk. When it came time for fight night, Koscheck was forced to be a human punching bag.
St-Pierre dominated him for five rounds, easily winning a unanimous decision for his fifth title defense. It is because of this fight that any fighter, who gets their face busted up in a bad way, is known for receiving the Josh Koscheck facial treatment.
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