Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The lightweight division is by far the deepest in the UFC, and anytime there’s a title fight at 155 pounds, fans know that they’re in for a hell of a scrap.
Viewers won’t be disappointed this weekend, as current champ Benson Henderson puts his lightweight strap on the line against one of MMA’s premier antiheroes in Nate Diaz in the main event of the main card.
Henderson has been fighting with a renewed sense of purpose since the UFC-WEC merger almost two years ago, and his rise to the top of the division has been incredibly impressive considering the number of high caliber opponents “Smooth” has taken out.
Back-to-back wins over Frankie Edgar solidified Henderson’s spot at the top of the 155-pound division, but he may very well be facing the toughest test of his career this weekend in the ultra-talented Diaz.
Diaz has always been one of the more well-rounded fighters on the UFC roster, but it took the Stockton native a bit of time to completely put it all together inside the Octagon. He's suffered a few setbacks over the course of his lengthy UFC career, most notably in his temporary move to the welterweight division.
Now fighting at the top of his game, Diaz has a chance to use his unorthodox boxing skills to reach a point in the sport that few ever thought he could achieve.
Diaz has had some problems against athletic, wrestling-based fighters in the past, but his ability to fight off his back is one of his greatest assets, which could prove troublesome for Henderson.
As long as Diaz is able to stay aggressive on the mat and push the pace when the fight is on the feet, he should be able to use his striking skills to pick apart the champion.
Nate Diaz by Unanimous Decision