Just a couple months ago we were saying that Nate Diaz fought the best fight of his career against former Pride champion Takanori Gomi.
Diaz dominated Gomi at all phases of the fight, ending it with a "Submission of the Night" victory.
In his second fight since returning to the lightweight division, Diaz took a considerable step up in competition, fighting Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
Cerrone had come off one of the best runs of any fighter in a one-year window, and he was poised to add Diaz to his resume, but Diaz obviously had other ideas.
Diaz was able to capitalize on the emotion of Cerrone and the lack of head movement, as Cowboy was a sitting target for Diaz's consistent combinations.
Cerrone landed some good leg kicks and a few punches, but nothing in comparison to the damage he took from Diaz's superior boxing.
Diaz is now poised to fight another big name in the division as he ascends to the top tier of fighters in the lightweight division.
Perhaps the winner of Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis would be a good gauge of how far Diaz has advanced.
Maybe 2012 is the year where we'll see the rise of the Skrap pack, and more importantly the Diaz brothers from Stockton.
Here's a thought: What if the UFC says that Gilbert Melendez can come over and fight in the UFC, and he can fight Diaz for a title shot? How interesting would that be?