he just might and surprise Anderson and a lot of people who look at Nick as just a slow plotting flat footed one dimensional striker. Are you one of them? no one believes this but i think Nick actually matches up well with Anderson. Nick doesnt just walk forward throwing 1-2. thats easy for athletic counter fighters like Anderson. yes hes a bit flat footed and Anderson's footwork could give him the most problems bc Anderson's quicker but it wont be easy for him to counter Diaz. Diaz throws a lot of combos and fades and doubles up on his jabs. thats tough on counter fighters. if Andersons square up infront of Diaz hes getting hit. much like Sonnen who threw more then 1-2s, but fade straight left and 3 punch combos, 1-2 slip. i think Sonnens a bit lighter on his feet then Diaz and had Andersons hands down bc of the takedown threat though. but i think Sonnen also surprised him with his punches and maybe his speed and ability to get inside quickly. he adjusted like a champ though shortening his strikes from that counter punch to slick elbow. boom! out in the open Diaz is still in trouble because of his lack of checking/defending/countering leg kicks. combined with Andersons quickness (if he uses it creating angles and not just trying to slip and roll right in front of him). if Anderson sees just another slow striker that cant take him down nick can create problems. just like against Weidman, putting himself against the fence thinking hes like Bonnar. that could be a mistake against diaz too. people find this crazy but what Diaz was saying about the Chris fight is Anderson found it harder to counter Weidman bc he wasnt over committing/aggressive. he was using angles that werent exaggerated and kept his weight balanced. he also was doubling up on his punches and slipping after his strikes/combos. Anderson likely got caught by surprise and had to improvise as well. with countering and goating not working he started "lobbing kicks out there" (effective ones that made Chris have to adjust for the next fight). Diaz said that Anderson "had punches for that guy but didnt have *punches*" meaning Anderson had opportunities to hit Chris but didnt have the skill to do it because of his lack of boxing without ability to counter (thats arguable of course haha) Nicks historically had trouble with strong wrestlers. but its his recent loss (not so recent calender wise) to Carlos that puts a lot of doubt. if Nick couldnt keep Carlos in front of him how the hell is he going to with Anderson?? i would argue that Carlos is a different fighter then Anderson though. well duh youre thinking, Andersons better! but Carlos made a clear gameplan to use angles and counter with combos that made diaz constantly have to reset. Anderson likes to "snipe" counter and doesnt always rely on using angles with his feet but his speed advantage and accuracy. Can Anderson win? he prob should actually. Will he? i have a feeling hes going to underestimate Nick and lose because he seems to have a history of doing that. likely due to too many "Yes men"