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Nate Diaz may perhaps have shed his second bout in a row last weekend at UFC 263, but a very last moment rally and in the vicinity of knockout ensured that Diaz nevertheless has a good deal of drawing energy and selections shifting forward. Additional just lately, Demian Maia has set forth his identify as an choice, requesting Diaz as a worthy foe for his “last dance” inside of the Octagon.

Diaz’s longtime mentor, Cesar Gracie, is respectfully not a supporter of the match up. In addition to be a tricky fight, Gracie argues that there’s small to attain for his university student.

“I know there has been speculation on whether or not Nate will acknowledge the struggle with Demian Maia,” Gracie told MMA Battling. “Although I have not still talked to Nate about his views on this battle, I can tell you that I am absolutely versus the strategy. Demian has been a wonderful representative of Brazilian jiu-jitsu on the mat and in MMA. He has attained substantially and we all regard him. He is still a unsafe opponent but I never come to feel Nate has just about anything to get from this fight.

“If he were to lose, he would be getting rid of to a 44-yr-outdated that is on his way out of the activity and if he won it would be to a 44-year-previous person that is leaving the sport. It is a no-gain problem.”

Apart from the Maia callout, there have also been talks about managing the Jorge Masvidal struggle a 2nd time, which would certainly do important fork out-for every-look at (PPV) quantities. However, Gracie has a unique concentrate on in thoughts, as he’s even now eyeing the long-awaited rubber match concerning Diaz and Conor McGregor.

“I would believe the trilogy compared to [Conor] McGregor,” he described. “I know that Nate needs tough fights. He is determined by preventing the ideal guys.”


The total word is (deservedly) heading wild for Brandon Moreno.

Really don’t mind me, I have just begun praying that Khalil Rountree lets his fingers go in this match up.

Uriah Corridor is searching sharp in sparring over at Xtreme Couture.

Beneath a little different circumstances, all these fights could have been ESPN+ primary card bouts.

I forgot to involve this yesterday, but Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder experienced a six moment stare down — Fury enjoys his head video games!

Chris Weidman’s restoration development has been actually extraordinary.

Michelle Waterson with an remarkable display of, I do not know, stability? Self-manage? Body stability? A person of those people.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

A several yrs right before Nate Diaz pulled off the guillotine go triangle (to double birds) changeover, he scored a comparable tap in WEC!

He waited just a hair far too lengthy to acknowledge defeat …

A rapid compilation of entrance kicks to the encounter!

Random Land

A few sea lions hitching a ride!

Midnight New music: I’ve been a major Lou Reed fan for a extended time, but I have prolonged prevented the Metallica collab Lulu … simply because most persons/critics dislike it. I still have not specified the complete detail a shot, but I was instructed the closing monitor is limited, and I favored it! Nevertheless not for everyone, but Reed’s rambling is poetic, and the Metallica instrumental reminds me a little bit of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Rest very well Maniacs! Extra martial arts insanity is constantly on the way.