The last time we saw Nick Diaz, he had just loss a controversial split decision to Carlos Condit. This unfortunately spoiled the plans of a Diaz vs GSP fight. As Diaz's suspension starts winding down, its time to start coming up with ideas on how to utilize Diaz. One of the best things about Diaz is that outside of being a welter weight, he does not mind jumping up to 185lbs if the money is right. As of yesterday, Dana White stated that Diaz will have to win atleast one big fight before a title shot is granted. Now the question is who do they put Diaz up against to indeed skyrocket him to the top of the division. Well, I have a few ideas.
Nick Diaz vs Jake Ellenberger- Jake is coming off of a win against Jay Heiron and has been at the top of the division for sometime now. A win over Diaz can get him back in the title hunt behind Hendricks and Kampmann. For Diaz, this fight would be against a guy in Jake that is considered a top fighter in the division and a substantial win over Ellenberger could put him close to title contention (would probably need one more fight if he did indeed win this fight).
Nick Diaz vs Josh Koscheck- Both men coming off of losses and both men wanting to make one more run at a title. When it comes to these two, both men will not be shy and will talk more trash then ever before. It would probably be only a matter of time before Koscheck tries to take Diaz down. If he is successful, he should be careful as Diaz is a ju jitsu wiz and is comfy wherever the fight goes. For Diaz, Koscheck still has a name and would be a solid win to add to his resume.
Nick Diaz vs the winner of Hendricks vs Kampmann- IF this does happen, you better believe that Hendricks or Kampmann (whoever wins their fight) will be extremely pissed knowing how hard they worked to get a title shot and diaz just finds a way to slide in there. But truth of the matter is, everyone would rather watch Diaz then 99% of the division. Diaz vs either one of those fighters would be a #1 contender fight and a win over either one would pout Diaz in line for a title shot.
Diaz vs Gsp/Condit loser- Pretty Simple. If Diaz fights GSP, that would be awesome. Whether its for a title or not, its the matchup we have been waiting for. If Diaz fights Condit, its a rematch and a loss that Diaz would love to avenge.
Diaz vs Anderson Silva- This would be probably the most exciting super fight out of all the other potential fights. Diaz would not be afraid to fight anywhere against Silva. Diaz would strike with Silva and if somehow it gets to the ground, we all know how good Diaz is at Ju Jitsu... Just ask Mr. Gomi...
This would be a big money fight for both fighters and a fight that no one would want to miss.
This would be the fight that I would choose.