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The Cesar Gracie Invasion: Book Melendez-Miller and Diaz-Fitch

I think Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz made a case that they can be legit stars in the highest echelon of MMA, and I think have outgrown Strikeforce.  There is nothing left in the organization for either guy.  Look, I would love to see Melendez-Thomson III just to see a scrap, but is there a question that Gilbert has flown by Thomson?  Who's left for Diaz?  Sure, Tyrone Woodley is a great prospect, but Diaz is going to be looking to finally make real money. 

I'm not ready to call for Diaz to fight GSP - his ten fight win streak is impressive but the biggest name on that list is probably Paul Daley.  But he is a big name, marketable guy who can make a fight interesting.  To me, there is no better opponent for Diaz to make his UFC re-debut than Jon Fitch.  That's right - throw him in the deep waters.  I was thinking BJ Penn, but I know Penn is tight with the Diaz Bros.  Fitch and Diaz present interesting problems for each other and actually complete each others skill set.  Fitch is a wrestler-grinder, while Diaz is a puncher who can sub off his back.  I think it would be an outstanding fight.

As for El Nino, he's looking to unify some titles and nothing would set up a UFC run for Melendez than a fight with Jim Miller.  He's on 7 fight win streak.  BUT . . . and I'm not totally saying Jim Miller is overrated . . . but he is kind of overrated, or untested.  While his win streak is impressive, there is nobody in the top 10 on that list except for Gray Maynard . . . who beat him.  Miller is making a lot of noise, but he needs a top name to make his case.  As for El Nino, Miller is the perfect fighter to introduce him to UFC fans.  He's a top guy who, with a win, would vault him into a title shot.  Both guys are intense fighters who look to finish.

So there it is . . . with Jake Shields already fighting GSP and now Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez having outgrown Strikeforce, we are seeing a Cesar Gracie invasion of the UFC.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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