People forget that before Diaz's run of four fights in the welterweight division (a division he was way too small for), he had developed himself into a legit contender in the lightweight division.
On paper, his 1-3 record before jumping to 170 is proof that he can't handle the best. But, in fact, it proves quite the opposite—that Diaz is one of the best 155ers in the UFC.
For Diaz, this is yet another opportunity to delay a fighter's rise to a title shot and, instead, kick start his own yet again.
In his last fight before the jump to 170, Diaz fought then-projected No. 1 contender Maynard (with Maynard being told a win meant a title shot against then UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn).
While Maynard did win the fight, it was such an ugly and close split decision that Maynard was pushed aside for little known Frankie Edgar, a man that Maynard had defeated not long before.
The rest, as they say, is history. Diaz went 2-2 at 170, Edgar won the lightweight title from Penn and defended it against Maynard twice in an epic trilogy.
While Diaz has shown to always fight close, competitive fights, if a couple decisions had fallen his way, we may be talking about Diaz as a young man who got a title shot.
Instead, we are talking about his rightful return to 155 to face up-and-comer Cerrone.
Cerrone has defeated fellow contender Siver, though his rise was not built on solid ground, while falling to current UFC lightweight title challenger Henderson twice.
This leads to my final and most damning point predicting the end of the Cerrone hype train.