ROUNDTABLE: Who wins between Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis?

Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis
Aug 16, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz meet face to face during weigh ins for UFC 241 at Anaheim Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

At UFC UFC 241, Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis will fight in a welterweight showdown. Who wins?


Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

I’ll go with Diaz by decision. Pettis has experienced a resurgence lately but I don’t know if that’ll be enough. I think Diaz will strike with Pettis and do well and at the end of the fight both men will bear the scars from a war. I’m expecting this to be an exciting, tough, and hard-fought battle and I think that’s the kind of fight Diaz wins.

Sean Covington MMATorch Contributor

Nate Diaz because David McGrath  seems to think the Diaz brothers are some sort of urban legend… Seriously though, I’m going with Pettis because he seems to be hungry again and wants to compete at a high level. Anthony Pettis can deliver in big fights, and I believe he will come up with a big win against Nate. As for Nate, sometimes the Diaz boys get caught up in all of the hype and just flat out underwhelm us all in their fights. However, never underestimate someone like Nate Diaz, he’s got the heart the size of a mountain, something everyone loves in a fighter, which is why the Diaz brothers have the strong following they do today.

Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist

This is basically two lightweights fighting at welterweight, which I love. Both Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis should be heading into the cage feeling energized and ready for war after a relatively easy weight cut. We haven’t seen Diaz in three years, and we don’t know how actively he’s been training in that time. Money can make a fighter lose motivation to be at their best, and I feel Diaz may be susceptible to that trap. Pettis appears to be ready to reinvent himself at 170 pounds and we proved he’s well on his way with that stunning KO of Stephen Thompson earlier this year. I don’t think this fight will be as flashy for Pettis, but I do think he’ll be able to outlast a rusty Diaz and take the unanimous decision win.

Diestefano Loma MMATorch Contributor 

This is a fight that can go either way. Anthony Pettis has demonstrated his explosiveness throughout his career and in his recent Welterweight debut against Stephen Thompson. But despite not having fought since 2016, Nate Diaz never stops training. Because Pettis has come forward to say this fight is personal, the question is can he keep his emotions in check? Especially with the famed trash talk and bird signs that Diaz is known for. While both have a sound Jiu Jitsu game, I believe this is a fight that will mainly come from the standup, which is something both fighters are skilled at. You can expect Pettis to get creative with his strikes, but ultimately, Diaz will get the TKO victory, using his striking to wear Pettis down in the third round. Because Diaz can go the distance in five round fights, he will have to start right off the bat since it’s a three-round fight. The strikes to the head and the body will be important.

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