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The Trenches Ep. 47 Poll: Are you glad Nate Diaz is back?

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Are you glad Nate Diaz is back?

  1. Yes, we needed him

    75.2%
  2. I'm indifferent

    18.0%
  3. No, get the Diaz bros out of my face

    6.8%
  1. jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    Sherdog Main Page writers Ant Walker and Jason Burgos want to talk things over and answer your questions on a Live Video Chat series titled "The Trenches," airing WEDNESDAY at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.

    We also want your thoughts on a poll posted in this thread, with this week's poll question asking the following:

    Are you glad Nate Diaz is back?

    Chime in on the conversation by voting in our poll or posting any fight questions you have.

    Ant holds over 15 years of martial arts experience, training in multiple styles including Boxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Kung Fu and Krav Maga, and also coached amateur MMA fighters. A former Sherdog Radio Network personality and current contributor to Sherdog.com, this self-described "gym rat" seeks to impart his knowledge and discuss all things MMA with his fellow community members.

    A journalist by trade, Jason has also co-hosted and produced multiple podcasts (including the "Fight Strength Podcast" with American Top Team trainer Phil Daru) over the years. He has contributed for several publications, and was a Senior Editor for MMASucka.com before landing at Sherdog. Along with his plethora of articles based on his exclusive interviews, Jason frequently covers live events for the site, chronicling the happenings with his growing photographic talents.


    The Trenches Episodes:
    The Trenches, Episode 46: Low Funds and Odd Tactics
    The Trenches, Episode 45: Make Subtitles Great Again
    The Trenches, Episode 44: The Answer to Aging
    The Trenches, Episode 43: California Cringe
    The Trenches, Episode 42: Whole Foods is Super Necessary
    The Trenches, Episode 41: Lineker's Independence Day
    The Trenches, Episode 40: Innocent Until Proven Interim
    The Trenches, Episode 39: The Episode That Shall Never Be
    The Trenches, Episode 38: Cruising to a Co-Promoted Snake Whipping
    The Trenches, Episode 37: Just BeClause
    The Trenches, Episode 36: Vulgar Display of Chatri
    The Trenches, Episode 35: One for the Old Guys
    The Trenches, Episode 34: UFC 237 vs. Bellator 221
    The Trenches, Episode 33: ONE and Done
    The Trenches, Episode 32: UFC vs. Bellator vs. The Avengers
    The Trenches, Episode 31: Number One Contender Belts
    The Trenches, Episode 30: Fall From Grace
    The Trenches, Episode 29: ONE of a Kind Show
    The Trenches, Episode 28: Mexican Wrestling Cain
    The Trenches, Episode 27: 3 Piece and Soda
    The Trenches, Episode 26: Conor McGregor vs. The Phone
    The Trenches, Episode 25: BJ Penn's Legacy
    The Trenches, Episode 24: UFC 235
    The Trenches, Episode 23: The Retirement of GSP
    The Trenches, Episode 22: UFC vs. Bellator Doubleheader
    The Trenches, Episode 21: Adesanya vs. Silva
    The Trenches, Episode 20: The Licensing of Jon Jones
    The Trenches, Episode 19: The NSAC Hearings
    The Trenches, Episode 18: UFC Brooklyn
    The Trenches, Episode 17: Welterweights and Title Shots
    The Trenches, Episode 16: Looking Ahead in 2019
    The Trenches, Episode 15: The UFC 232 Debacle
    The Trenches, Episode 14: UFC returns to Milwaukee
    The Trenches, Episode 13: The GOAT Featherweight
    The Trenches, Episode 12: Greg Hardy and Rachael Ostovich
    The Trenches, Episode 11: Anderson Silva vs. The Next Anderson Silva
    The Trenches, Episode 10: Golden Boy MMA
    The Trenches, Episode 9: What's next for Conor?
    The Trenches, Episode 8: The death of the Flyweight division
    The Trenches, Episode 7: Cormier defends against Lewis
    The Trenches, Episode 6: The Trade
    The Trenches, Episode 5: Eddie Leaves the UFC
    The Trenches, Episode 4: UFC 229 Brawl
    The Trenches, Episode 3: Leading up to UFC 229
    The Trenches, Episode 2: The Rise of Gegard Mousasi
    The Trenches, Episode 1: UFC 229 Presser


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  2. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    We saw two very experienced fighters (DC, Yoel) lose this weekend that used unorthodox striking get soundly beat by their opponents. Previously, these unorthodox methods would be fairly dominant. Is this an example of how our sports evolving? Is this the official passing of the torch for Yoel and DC, or do you expect one (or both) of them to make comebacks?
     
  3. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Here’s another one for you! Look forward to your take on this.

    We saw a very controversial end to the prelims this weekend. In smith vs worthy, both guys were feeling each other out for awhile. As joe rogan hinted right before a flush knock out was landed, he thought it was because these guys knew they could knock each other out. The crowd intervened and began booing the fighters to commit more to the fight, and the corner yells at smith to engage, just a few seconds later we see smith edge closer and get instantly flush ko’d.

    My question: do you think this is why the ufc traditionally avoids pairing fights in which fighters train together? Why wouldn’t they have done that for this fight? Finally, this was clearly a case of audience interference in a fight. What can be done to prevent this? Or do you feel that it’s simply a pet of the game and smith needs to learn to block out the “haters”
     
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    * The UFC has found itself in a situation where its biggest draws are non-title holders. Do you think needle-movers should start headlining cards instead of title fights? Say, UFC: Diaz vs Masvidal with Usman and Leon Edwards co-headlining? It seems like this is the logical progression of the UFC's money-fight attitude and treating their belts like paper. So should they do it to get those extra buys?

    Allmighty dollar bless the Trenches!

    * So UFC China is going down. What's the word on the Middle Kingdoms ban on tattoos in MMA? Is it real? Do the powerful get exemptions. Or was it just a Trumpian "make noise" instance?
     
  5. Ironnik94 Seek & Destroy Belt

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    With Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa amongst others, there were two fighters who at fight-night, entered the octagon being heavier than the weight-limit of the weight-class above. How much different would the UFC be, if fighters were only allowed to cut a small percentage of their weight?
     
  6. wilKO Green, White & Gold belt

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    After an excellent victory last week against an in shape top 5 opponent what is next for the old man in the pub?
     
  7. jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    We can definitely get behind this question.
     
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    Would the UFC have enough belief in the drawing powers of Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz to put them in a main event of a PPV, or would that headline a fight night card?
     
  9. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    There’s no way that’s a fight night card. At the very least that’s a co main to a title fight
     
  10. jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    It's gotta be a PPV at this point. One of the few non-title fights that would sell nowadays.
     
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    I think it has to be as well. Thing is, Dana is so obsessed with having a title fight as the main event.

    They didn't even put Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone as a main event. That's concerning. At the time, it was a bigger fight than Masvidal vs Diaz is right now
     
  12. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    The only real reason I can think he feels it’s needed is for the promos. The thing is I doubt casuals would even notice if someone who wasn’t a champion headlined a card
     
  13. jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    I agree, I think the personality and presence would sell more than a stupid 10-pound morphin' belt.
     
  14. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    That’s why I’m opposed to interims that feel forced. Like the Dustin poirer one was totally just for the sake of having the headline of champ vs champ.

    Especially now that all headlines are 5 rounds it feels pointless
     
  15. jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    Interims are usually pretty forced, as a desperation move to sell more PPVs. Now, it's barely a glorified number one contender belt, if anything.
     
  16. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Exactly, and honestly I think it complicates the landscape for casuals. My girlfriend I a great read on casuals cause she just sometimes asks what’s going on when I’m really into a fight, or asks about events and will watch the cards if I have friends over. And she gets incredibly confused by the interim titles. She’ll pretty much just say “I don’t get why you wouldn’t just take the title from the guy who had it if he can’t fight” lol.
     
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    Yep, I actually like that

    If you can't fight, you lose
     
  18. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I think it makes more sense. Casuals DO NOT follow the history of multiple belts in the same division.
     
  19. jei Danger Zone Admin Staff Member Forum Administrator

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    Any more questions for the guys?
     
  20. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I’ll throw one more in there


    We saw a lot of penalties go unpunished this weekend. Groin strikes, eye pokes, dirty tricks. Do you think the UFC needs to take an aggressive approach to solve this issue?
     

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