Morning Report: Nate Diaz blasts Ben Henderson, Josh Thomson and Anthony Pettis following UFC on FOX 10

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

If you had a chance to read Shaun Al-Shatti's 'Pro React' piece for Saturday's UFC on FOX 10 you could gather that much of the MMA community didn't care for the judges' decision rendered in the main event. Count now one among them, Nate Diaz. As Ben Henderson scored a controversial split decision over Josh Thomson, their common opponent was left to sit and wonder where his place in the lightweight division may be as a result. It took nearly 24 hours for Diaz to comment, but boy did he. Sunday night, Diaz took to Twitter to settle the collective hash of Henderson, Thomson and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

Diaz, who last won 'Knockout of the Night' honors over Gray Maynard at the TUF 18 Finale in November, is still waiting on his next opponent. Although undefeated Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov was reported to be an option, UFC president Dana White claimed Diaz wasn't interested. According to Diaz' manager, the problem was more of a contractual issue. Back in December, Pettis claimed he wanted Diaz this summer in his return bout from a torn PCL, claiming he was tired of hearing Diaz talk. Calling out Pettis has certainly worked for Diaz in the past, why stop now?

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MEDIA STEW

Make sure to check out tons of post-fight interviews from UFC on FOX 10, as well as a long one with Ariel and CM Punk.

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UFC on FOX 10: Post Fight Presser highlights.

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Highlights from Henderson vs. Thomson.

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Dana White believed Henderson decision was 'way off.'

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Highlights from RFA 12.

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BJJ Scout tears Sara McMann's grappling a new one. Ronda's looks pretty good.

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Ronda Rousey adores boxing.

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Keith Jardine will chase you if you steal his mail.

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Long watches.

Ben Askren vs. Michael Poeta at AGON III.

Fight Club Q&A with Demetrious Johnson.

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TWEETS

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Gabriel Gonzaga's incredibly broken hand.


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More fun.

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Everyone hates robots.

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Joe Riggs really didn't appreciate some comments regarding Benson Henderson.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Jan. 24-26 2014)

Joe Warren vs. TBA at Bellator 118

Desmond Green vs. Mike Richman at Bellator 110

Scott Cleve vs. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 110

Will Martinez vs. Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 110

Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine at UFC 172

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

What We NOW Know About UFC on FOX 10... And What Should NOW Be Done

I get a feeling that even though the fights were far from bad, the card didn't exactly go how the UFC had hoped. Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson fought to a split decision that realistically could have gone either way (though I had it scored for Thomson). But... seeing as how one judge inexplicably scored the fight 49-46 for Henderson, we're going to hear about how bad judges suck once again. I will admit that the fight was very close and I wouldn't exactly declare it a robbery... but the last thing MMA fans need is another decision to debate over the internet. Trolls are going to have a heyday with this.

Now that Thomson has lost we don't know who the #1 contender is at lightweight anymore. Maybe that is why Gilbert Melendez decided to skip out on the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight as it now seems like he is the most logical candidate to be named #1. Maybe TJ Grant will regain the position if he can come back from his concussion soon enough. Or is one victory enough following two losses for Nate Diaz to jump back in line. Personally, I hope not. Henderson has lost twice to Pettis and no one sees him gaining that position anytime soon. This could (and likely will) take some time to sort out.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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