UFC on Fox 7: Josh Thompson vs. Nate Diaz Preview

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UFC on Fox 7 takes place this weekend featuring a lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Josh Thompson.  Both of these fighters are known for their relentless pace, making this a Fight-Of-The-Night candidate.

Coming into this important lightweight bout, Diaz sports an overall record of 16-8.  He is coming off a title fight loss to Ben Henderson.  In the bout, Henderson was able to control Diaz and land some good shots standing.  Even though Diaz lost, he never once showed signs of quitting, which is a testament to his durability and fighter mentality.

Diaz has always been an exciting fighter inside and outside the cage.  His trash-talking is akin to his brother Nick Diaz, making him an exciting fighter to watch because anything can happen when he steps inside the cage.  His boxing and jiu jitsu have always been his key attributes, often peppering his opponents with relentless jabs and shots to the body.  He will need to employ the same tactics against Thompson if he wants to re-establish himself in the division.

Thompson is coming into the UFC from the Strikeforce promotion, where he was able to put on some thrilling fights over the years.  This American Kickboxing Academy product has beaten some quality opponents in Gilbert Melendez, Pat Healy, and K.J. Noons.  Thompson has always showed an exciting style inside the cage, utilizing his wrestling and crisp striking.  A win over Diaz would be huge for his career and even puts him at the top of the division where Henderson reigns.

This bout should be an all-out-war, and the stakes are extremely high for both fighters.


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