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If Nick Diaz trained properly for his return could he be a Top 5 welterweight?

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  1. Freddie83 Orange Belt

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    Nick returned out of shape, slow, and extremely unmotivated. With that being said he showed flashes of brilliance with his boxing combinations. I can’t help but think that if Nick was fully committed to his training and fighting again, he could be a Top 5 WW.
    What do you think Sherbros?
     
  2. Infamous White Belt

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    I’m not sure he was top 5 even in his prime tho…
    So no, I don’t think he would be
     
  3. BobsyaUncle Brown Belt

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    That ship sailed a while ago.
     
  4. Koro_11 Gold Belt

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    Just let it go ffs

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  5. Freddie83 Orange Belt

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    I think he could give Burns, Edwards, and Thompson real issues if he trained properly and motivated.
     
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  6. WhosTheBoss Degenerate

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    No. He would be 39

    stop
     
  7. blaseblah Titanium Belt

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    No, he wasn't top 5 the last time he fought.
     
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    I’m pretty sure he wasn’t. And I’m a big fan of his.
     
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    Yes, but then he really wouldn't be Nick Diaz would he?
     
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    His heart isn't in it so no, I don't think so.
     
  12. DanAndroid Living vicariously through Dillon Danis.

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    He loses to all 5 contenders and the champ. His best bet is a late fight finish against Leon, but I wouldn't bet on him in any of the matchups.
     
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    I’m pretty confident Thompson evades him and picks him off. I think prime Nick could beat Burns and Edwards though. I think he could beat Mas, Chiesa, and Luque as well.

    Nick will never be the same though. Too much time has passed and I don’t think training hard will make him faster. He looked unbelievably slow in there. He is shot.
     
  14. AleYeah Jacked white boy

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    No. Too old/too much inactivity.
     
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    He should've smoked only weed and not drinking alcohol. Alcohol made him slow.
     
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    He said in an interview prefight that he doesn't like taking hard shots anymore, and it showed. I think that would factor into any success he may have, even if he did get serious about fighting again. With that kind of attitude, idk that i could see him having top 5 success.
     
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    I'm a big fan of both Diaz Bros, but I learned to keep my expectations low for them both.

    That said, I truly believe that Diaz was once upon a time a top 5 welterweight. Even though he never beat an elite contender, he has wins over several guys who were all really tough opponents when he fought them. He arguably should've beaten Condit, and had he stuck around, I could picture him beating Lawler or Hendricks. I think the division passed him by completely during Tyron Woodley's reign.
     
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    Not being able/willing to take a hard shot wouldn’t bode well for him burns, luque, Usman can all crack.
     
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  19. Jibsta69 Brown Belt

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    I don’t think it’s if he physical capable, it’s more mental now. The guy just gave up during a fight and something I’d never thought I’d see him do. He doesn’t wanna be there. Let him retire.
     
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  20. StoneWT Brown Belt

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    He could be fringe top 15.

    Although, it would be fun to see him fight Chuck at a catch weight of 195. Book it Dana!
     

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