UFC on FOX 5: Benderson vs. Diaz LowKick.com Staff Predictions


Anton Gurevich: Every fight with Nate Diaz is an instant candidate to one of the Fight Night awards. In fact, Diaz has 5 Fight of the Night and 5 Submission of the Night Awards, making him one of the most decorated “top performers” in the UFC. This match-up is a perfect clash of styles and Mixed Martial Arts philosophies. Ben Henderson is extremely tough to beat – he’s strong mentally, and just nearly perfect in every aspect of the game. But at the same time, Nate Diaz was never knocked out and got submitted just once in his career, more than six years ago. I expect a lot of back and forth action in this one, and some tailor-made gameplanning from the champ. However, Diaz is a master of his craft, and has the perfect style to grind out a decision. I’ll go with Diaz via Decision.

Bryan Fontez: This is a super tough one for me. While I’m not a fan of Bendo, I respect his skills. Nate Diaz however is nothing but fun to watch every time he fights. In order to get an honest pick out of me I always have to pretend I’ve got a gun to my head and my life depends on choosing the right winner. With that said, my heart wants Diaz to bloody Bendo up real good and take the title, but my mind says the Diaz brothers are both too old school and lack the strategy/gameplans necessary to hang with the top guys and elite wrestlers. With that said, if my life depended on it, I’d have to go with Benson Henderson via Unanimous Decision.

Evan Holober: I had my doubts when this fight was first announced. Ben talked about being better than Nate in most places, and looked forward to scrapping with him. However, in the months that followed he spoke of the “blue print” out there to beat Diaz (probably alluding to Nate’s fights with Joe Stevenson, Rory MacDonald, and others where his take down defense showed serious holes). This leads me to believe he won’t be dumb enough to stand on the feet with Nate for too long. I also doubt he’ll get baited in to the “leg kicks can keep him on the outside” thought process too, as I believe he’s smart enough to realize he’s no Carlos Condit (or even a LW counterpart in Donald Cerrone). I think Ben uses take downs, his other worldly submission defense, and ground control to leave with a decision. Benson Henderson via Unanimous Decision.

Andreas Hale: As much as I enjoy Nate Diaz, I don’t think he has much of a chance to dethrone Benson Henderson on Saturday night. He baited Donald Cerrone into a shootout and certainly was into his head leading into this fight. Henderson is much more calculated and his wrestling ability with deft work inside of the clinch will be the difference maker here. Whatever hands Diaz throws, Henderson will counter with kicks. Once they get on the ground, Henderson’s top control and sub defense will allow him to ride out a unanimous decision victory.

  • Feeling bad for Nick Diaz. He is the chosen one by Anton this time.

    • @grandslam

      congrats, your first logical post. hope you have many more!

      • Finally, we both agree on something. Cool.

  • Are you feeling bad for nate aswell?

    • *Nick.

    • I will take Bendo for an easy decision. Not that Nate is not a great fighter..Just Henderson is a horrible matchup for him.

  • u mean *nate?

    • *Nate. Sorry guys, I am a bit drunk!

      • more like a bit dumb!

        • onemoreweak keeps on trollin ..
          im surprised you havent been banned for all the negativity you spread around here ..

          • hey i believed in lowkick back when it was myvideofight

  • If Bendo takes the fight to the ground, he'll most likely get a W since both Diaz bros have struggled against wrestlers in the past. However, if the fight stays standing, Diaz may pull it off even though Bendo has a decent striking game. This, in my opinion, is one of the toughest fights to predict.

  • Nate by sub

  • And New….

  • Nate, 4th round sub.

    I think it will be similar to the Miller fight, Nate getting held for a bit then when gets his chance picks him apart… dropping him eventually or at least rocking and finishing with a sub

  • imagine both Diaz brothers owning a belt at the same,and Ronda Rousey? cus their close friends,idk i just think that would be cool.

  • Is it just me or is that football backround music annoying?