Are the Diaz Brothers on the Chopping Block?
Bad conduct and not performing in The Octagon will end a career quickly these days. Name recognition is no longer a protective shield just ask Josh Neer who was released from the UFC a short time ago thanks to a 1-3 losing skid.
The Diaz brothers are as close to the chopping block as they have ever been, going a combined 0-4 in their last outings. Nick losing to Carlos Condit and current Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, and Nate losing to current Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson, but are those losses enough to eject them from the UFC?
Here are some things taken in to account when looking at a fighter’s odds of being cut. Do they have the potential to be a viable contender again and who did they lose to. Both of the Diaz brothers have something in common in the fact that they lost to the current champions of their respective divisions. Nick’s other loss came to former UFC Interim Middleweight Champion Carlos Condit – and that’s what differentiates his status from his brother Nate’s.
Nate’s second loss is to a fighter not currently ranked in most top ten lists around the net. Saturday’s UFC on FOX 7 event saw Nate lose to former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson by TKO. Now to be fair, Nate isn’t ranked by some sites that post opinion based rankings either and the outcome of the fight was likely to vault the winner back on to the list – and safely back in to the UFC’s good graces. Thomson finished the fight, which carries a lot more weight than a decision, and now Nate is left wondering if he will be cut or not after a second loss. There is a good chance that the youngest Diaz brother may be let go from the company should he lose his next outing.
Nick’s bad boy persona just might play a factor in the decision to keep him or not. He failed a drug test in 2012 testing positive for marijuana, and in the build up to his fight with Georges St. Pierre he missed several flights, which caused him to miss appearances for the UFC. Taking that in to account, it would make cutting Diaz less difficult to rule out. Given his star power and the simple fact that he has a very large fan base it is unlikely that he would be released just for going 0-2 against top ten opponents. It does seem that Dana White is always one incident away from dropping Nick Diaz from the roster.
Only time will tell if Dana chooses to release the popular brothers. With the current divisions as stacked with talent as they are it wouldn’t be that far of a stretch to say they may not be title contenders again. What do you think?