Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis, Strikeforce Miami, 30 January 2010
Nick Diaz won the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship when he was 26 in Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis. What was I doing when I was 26? A corporate desk jockey wondering if I was making the most of every moment while sitting in the waiting room of life, waiting for the inevitable.
The Diaz brothers have long been among my favourite fighters. Their don’t-give-a-shit attitude with their middle fingers to the law is for the cameras. Underneath the thin thorny surface are caring, kind individuals who have a deep respect for the fight game.
Not to mention that awesomely effective and intriguing to watch Stockton Slap. Nate Diaz used it incredibly effectively in his fights against Gray Maynard and Donald Cerrone. Now we get to see Nick’s Stockston Slap effectively used to finish the fight in Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis.
Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II, Pride 33, 24 February 2007
Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II is an instant classic, a milestone in MMA, and one of the best fights in Pride. This is the second time these two MMA legends and Pride warriors meet. The first meeting was at Pride 12 in 2000. Wanderlei Silva won that fight via unanimous decision. Since that fight, Wanderlei Silva went on to defeat Pride superstars such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Rampage Jackson, and Ricardo Arona. He captured and successfully defended the Pride Middleweight Championship and established himself firmly as one of the most dangerous MMA fighters in the world. Pride 33 is Wanderlei Silva’s last fight in Pride before moving to the UFC to face Chuck Liddell in another one of MMA’s best of the best fights.
Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi, Pride 33, 24 February 2007
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A fight fan’s delight. Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi was named the 2007 Fight of the Year by Inside Fights. The fight takes place at the Pride 33 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pride 33 is considered one of Pride’s most epic events. It is also sadly, Pride’s second to last event.
In what is known as one of Prides most exciting first rounds, Takanori Gomi drops Nick Diaz towards the middle of the first round of the figh. Nick Diaz then comes back implementing his unique and deadly “Don’t Be Scared Homie” boxing style of dangerous piff-piff-pat-pat pillow punches. To the hardcore fight fans, we know Nick Diaz vs Takanori Gomi for a special reason. This is the fight where Nick Diaz submits Takanori Gomi with the first Gogoplata to be seen in competition MMA.