The UFC announced a match with the potential to turn into a high octane brawl for their UFC 141 event, scheduled for the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on December 30th. Being on the undercard of Brock Lesnar’s return against Alistair Overeem, the UFC was going to have a hard time making a match that might steal the show, but it looks like they pulled it off. Donald Cerrone, a fighter with a fast upward trajectory who doesn’t take shit from anyone, has signed to fight Nate Diaz, brother of Nick Diaz and an angry young man himself. Expect fireworks.
Now, Nate has been fighting in the UFC for nearly four years, and has put together a solid resume. Split decision loss to Gray Maynard, guillotine choke win over Melvin Guillard and most recently an armbar win over Takanori Gomi at UFC 135.
For his part, Cerrone ran over prospect Dennis Siver at this past weekend’s UFC 137, earning submission of the night and a $75k bonus. It took him less than three minutes to secure the victory.
Nate is the younger brother of Nick, and there may be some comparisons that can be drawn to the Nogueira brothers, Rodrigo and Rogerio. Nate fights a lot like his brother, with attitude, and a high pressure boxing style that is backed up by a very strong jiu jitsu game. But with all due respect to Diaz, like Rogerio, he is a slight notch below big brother.
Cerrone brings an outstanding 17-3 record to the fight and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC with 3 wins by stoppage. He is also not shy about letting people know what is on his mind, so hire extra security for the weigh ins and press conferences!
Now, I don’t make lines. The line for this match should be interesting to see when it comes out. The word coming from the sportsbooks was that a lot of action came in late for Nick Diaz in his bout against BJ Penn. Will Nate benefit from the name recognition?
Because as much as I like Nate, I think Cerrone wins this fight. He has improved greatly and has the right kind of attitude to deal with the mental pressures Diaz will bring. I don’t see Cerrone giving a damn, but I do see him wining the fight. Can’t wait to see the betting public come in on this one. Just a little advice, if Cerrone is a heavy dog, bet on the ‘Cowboy’.