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PostSubject: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:40 pm

Stockton almost saved UFC 196.

Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 196 when the heavyweight title headliner was lost this week, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.

The UFC considered the matchup, and it was a viable option as of Tuesday morning, but the promotion decided for undisclosed reasons to ultimately go in another direction.

On Tuesday afternoon, UFC president Dana White announced to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson would headline UFC 196 and the card, scheduled for Feb. 6 in Las Vegas, would be moved from pay-per-view to FOX Sports 1.

If Diaz vs. Pettis was put together, the event would have remained on pay-per-view. Those two could still end up fighting each other in the coming months.

The UFC 196 main event went into upheaval Sunday when Cain Velasquez pulled out of his title fight with champion Fabricio Werdum due to a back injury. Stipe Miocic was pegged as the replacement. But then, just a day later, Werdum said he, too, would be unable to fight because of injuries.

The champ said he was going to suck it up and fight Velasquez, but wouldn't be comfortable doing it against a new opponent on short notice.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones threw his hat in the ring to fight Miocic if it was for the heavyweight title, but that also did not come together.

http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/1/26/10837194/nate-diaz-offered-to-fight-anthony-pettis-in-ufc-196-main-event
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:00 pm

Pettis punked out!!
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:48 pm

Triggerman99 wrote:
Pettis punked out!!

That's what i'm thinking
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:59 pm

call me crazy but i think that rda is pulling out from the fight against conor and i think its going to be pettis in there against him. i know thats a bat shit crazy idea but i think thats whats going to happen. lots of rumors that rda vs conor isnt going down so i guess we will see what pans out
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:45 pm

That makes perfect (UFC) sense.... giving a guy coming off two straight losses a title shot.

Or are you saying you think Connor/Pettis?

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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:27 pm

i think conor vs lawler at ufc 200 if gsp doesnt fight lawler
pettis/alvarez vs rda
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:27 pm

i dont think conor is fighting at 196.. dont know why but thats what i feel
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:19 am

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call me crazy but i think that rda is pulling out from the fight against conor and i think its going to be pettis in there against him. i know thats a bat shit crazy idea but i think thats whats going to happen. lots of rumors that rda vs conor isnt going down so i guess we will see what pans out



told ya rda was pulling out...

mcgregor vs lawler at 200

maybe they ask frankie edgar to save 196...
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:43 pm

The only problem with Edgar is McGregor has been training for a LW bout... so if Edgar agreed, it likely would not be for the FW belt.

Cerrone would be a good replacement considering he went pretty much unscathed last weekend and is already in fight shape for a fight in 2 weeks.

Diaz would be cool too, but not sure he'd even be eligible by then.

I also don't see much of an incentive for McGregor to fight anyone at LW if a belt is not on the line.

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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:08 pm

McGregor will fight at lw for no belt if belt money is on the line......I don't think he'd take a non title fight from the start but in this case I don't think he backs out.....I think now to him its a point of pride to show up and be able to talk that much more shyte about rda
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:46 pm

edgar is nursing an injury - he cant fight

diaz, cerrone, alvarez, pettis , and dunham are all campaigning to fight him

as bad ass as cerrone is i have no interest in that fight. i think he would be kod faster than aldo.

aldo was offered the fight and turned it down because he isnt in shape lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:47 pm

Frankie is not available...Supposedly hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:39 pm

Well, at least we don't have to hear about how Frankie got screwed again!

I've been saying forever that the UFC has to have a backup already lined up for higher profile fights. Gives no excuses (ie.. not enough time to train) when the time comes, and the non-injured fighter can make sure they are prepared somewhat for who they may fight.
The UFC could even give a small paycheck to be "on call".

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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:28 pm

im pretty sure they do that already. ive heard stories of fighters who were on reserve in the past. i think this was a sham from the beginning. i honestly believe that conor is going to fight at ww for a title then go to lw for a title then defend the fw title.. i could be 100% wrong but for some reason thats what i think the UFC is gunning for
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:23 pm

I'm a huge fan, but I hope he fights another LW and gets beat so we can stop this nonsense right here and now.
Go back to FW and defend your belt and stop fuckin around.
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:54 am

Gotta admit Im not ready for the ride to end lol
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PostSubject: Re: diaz vs pettis at 196???? close but no cigar   Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:48 am

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Gotta admit Im not ready for the ride to end lol
Oh neither am I! I just don't want too much Conor oversaturation. I don't love the idea of him holding two belts, but I can absolutely live with it and enjoy it. But the plan seems to be that if he does win the LW title as well, he's gonna then try for the WW belt. And Dana seems to be not only on board with that, but actively selling the idea.
Well WTF?? The end game seems to be squeezing every last dollar out of McGregor as soon as possible. I just don't see that ending well for McGregor. As soon as he gets flattened by one of these bigger, stronger champs or contenders, I can see the entire world (Dana included) turning on him and instantly wanting him to go away.
I'd much rather see him stick around and build a bit of a legacy, instead of being remembered as a flash in the pan.
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