Michael Bisping Believes Nate Diaz Can Become #1 Contender With Win Over Leon Edwards

Published 04/03/2021, 12:06 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States enters the ring for his fight against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Nate Diaz is one of the biggest stars in the UFC. However, his 21-12 record doesn’t look like that of a star. But his attitude and willingness to take tough fights and be unapologetic has helped him amass a massive fanbase. The win over Conor McGregor solidified his status as a mainstream attraction, but the goals have changed since.

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Diaz has taken what many call the toughest fight in the decision against Leon Edwards. However, despite Diaz’s record, former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping believes that a win here could put Diaz in line for a title shot.

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“Respect to Nate Diaz. He is a gigantic star and he can pick and choose, to a certain degree, who he wants to fight. He certainly has the power to turn anything down. But this is after title fights, big fights, trilogies with McGregor and all that. I didn’t expect him to take on a super dangerous guy like Leon Edwards. But there’s a lot to gain. If he goes out there and beats Leon Edwards, for sure he’s getting the title fight next. That’s a guarantee. That’s the cherry on top, that’s the risk-reward, that’s why he would do that. It’s a fu**ing amazing fight.”

Nate Diaz: Can he end Leon Edwards’win-streak?

Nate Diaz is a hard fight, no matter what his record says. However, Leon Edwards may be one of the most polished fighters in the UFC. But Diaz actually matches up well against him.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Diaz has elite BJJ, which will make Edwards re-think trying to outwrestle him. The master of the ‘Stockton Slap’ is one of the craftiest submission artists in the UFC, and Edwards could struggle if caught in a hold. Similarly, they match up well as strikers as well.

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But the trademark pace and pressure that Diaz puts on someone may be ineffective against Edwards. Both men have elite cardio, great striking, and danger points on the mat. This will be a sensational bout. While Edwards is justifiably the favorite in this fight, nobody can count Nate Diaz out. A win here would rejuvenate his career.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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