Current Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz
The featured fight of the night matches current Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz versus Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
A polarizing figure, either you love or hate Nick Diaz. Regardless of your opinion on the champion, Diaz’s work within the octagon cannot be dismissed.
With a 23-7-1 overall MMA record, Diaz has competed in the worlds largest mixed martial arts’ promotions against some of the very best in the sport.
Possessing significant victories over top competitors in KJ Noons, Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith, Nick Diaz is the total package as an ultimate fighter.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, Diaz is also an accomplished boxer and has an unlimited cardiovascular gas tank. Add these physical attributes to the fact that Diaz’s brash attitude and arrogance elevate his fight game and the result is a lethal fighter with limited holes in his game.
Standing opposite Nick Diaz on January 29 will be Brazilian kickboxing sensation, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.
Member of the famed Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil, Santos made a name for himself with his relentless style and devastating leg kicks as a kick boxer.
Do not let his 18-13 overall MMA record fool you into thinking that Santos will not be a tough challenge for the current champion.
“Cyborg’s” Muay-Thai background is second to none and he hits with crisp, accurate and tenacious strikes from all angles and all levels. Also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Santos is equally competent on the ground.
This welterweight clash will feature the unorthodox, yet highly effective boxing prowess of the current champion in Nick Diaz versus the ultra aggressive, precision striking of the Muay-Thai specialist in Evangelista Santos.
With Diaz’s open stance as a boxer, his lead leg will be exposed to the vicious round house kicks of Santos. Exposing this opening, Santos should look to attack the legs of Diaz and continually change his angles and levels keeping the current champion off balance.
Fueled by his ego, Nick Diaz will want to prove that he can dominate any fighter on the planet. Weathering “Cyborg’s” storm, Diaz will eventually impose his will in the stand up exchanges. His relentless slap style boxing will ultimately frustrate Santos, exposing an opening and allowing the champion to capitalize with a myriad of strikes.
When the sweat is wiped and the blood is clotted, in the end, Nick Diaz retains his welterweight championship taking one step closer to a future match up against hated rival, Jason “Mayhem” Miller.