UFC News: Fight For The Troops Tonight + Major Fight?
-- With that being said, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (23-7 MMA, 4-0 SF) is scheduled to face Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (18-13 MMA, 1-0 SF) soon, but Diaz has his eyes on the more distant future - where he'd love to take on UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Diaz called out the UFC champs Thursday during a conference call in support of next Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg," which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. "I think my partner is going to take him out," Diaz said after calling out St-Pierre while referring to Jake Shields, who meets St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 129. Diaz feels St-Pierre and other big names were handed out "gimmes" against sub-standard competition while he was given a steady stream of harder fights. An example, he said, was Josh Koscheck, who fought Chris Sanford in his first post-reality show appearance. Diaz says Sanford was not prepared. "He was set up to fight Josh Koscheck, and then he takes an ass-whooping," Diaz said. "That's what I'm saying. They made easy fights for those guys. I never fought anybody like that guy that I had brought to fight against Koscheck." Diaz argues that policies like this make St-Pierre and Silva's high rankings dubious. "When you bring up guys like that to me and tell me they're the best fighters in the world, it's a [expletive] joke," Diaz said. "That's a joke to me...Straight up, people think this guy is better than me, and that's bull [expletive]. What do you guys want? You've got the guy ranked above me...You've got magazines with all these Abercrombie-looking [expletive] fighters walking around and cutting weight."
-- Here are the weigh-in results for tonight's UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fights for the Troops 2. The show airs LIVE tonight for free on SpikeTV. Everyone made weight…
Evan Dunham (156) vs. Melvin Guillard (155)
Tim Hague (256.5) vs. Matt Mitrione (260)
Mark Hominick (145.5) vs. George Roop (145)
Pat Barry (240) vs. Joey Beltran (230)
Cole Miller (155.5) vs. Matt Wiman (155)
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Yves Edwards (155) vs. Cody McKenzie (155)
Mike Guymon (170.5) vs. DaMarques Johnson (170)
Mike Brown (146) vs. Rani Yahya (145)
Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire (155) vs. Waylon Lowe (156)
Amilcar Alves (171) vs. Charlie Brenneman (171)
Chris Cariaso (135) vs. Will Campuzano (135)