The plan is in place, the former pound for pound king in the UFC is feeling better. The return is almost inevitable, but against who? Just one of the many subjects about Anderson “The Spider” Silva that wasdiscussed during the MMA Hou‘ hosted by Ariel Helwani. Silva’s manager for years, Ed Soares, discussed the former middleweight champions future and his progression, after the gruesome leg injury he suffered when he fought Chris Weidman back in December of 2013. Soares explained a late 2014 or early 2015 return would be more likely for his fighter, with early 2015 the preferable date. Silva reigned terror on the middleweight division, and defended his belt for seven illustrious years before losing it to current UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. ‘The Spider’ has eight more fights left on his his contract, and even though he stated he may not be willing to fulfill his contractual obligations – another shot at the title, and Chris Weidman, may be exactly what is on Silva’s agenda. Who will Silva fight next though? Soares mentioned another man who has been absent from the UFC cage for quite awhile as well, Stockton’s own bad boy, Nick Diaz.
Nick Diaz has also been sitting on the sidelines, not for quite the same exact reasons, but he may also come out of his brief inactivity if the Anderson Silva fight was offered to him. One of the most notorious bad boys of the UFC, Diaz has exquisite boxing and a “in your face” approach that would make a match up between he and Silva one of the most intriguing of the year if the organization so chooses to put that fight together. Both are known for their striking prowess, and each have expressed the desire to fight famed boxer, Roy Jones Jr. Nick Diaz at one point even called for a fight between he and Silva, but was quickly turned down by UFC president, Dana White.
Ed Soares also did mention a few names like “The Count” Michael Bisping, and Cung le. Those fights would be interesting in their own right, but that Diaz fight may be one of the better selling match ups in recent memory. Both are coming off layoffs, and both are considered two of the more popular fighters of the sport. Fans would be salivating at the fact to see either one of them step back into an octagon, let alone facing one another. Diaz’s weight has fluctuated all the way up to 180 lbs. for a catch-weight bout and has cut all the way down to lightweight before. Silva has fought at both middleweight and light heavyweight in the UFC. The size differential may be concerning to some, but many guess Diaz would care less if he is fighting someone the caliber of Anderson Silva. A return fight against each other would not logically make sense due to the size advantage, but has the UFC always made logical sense when matching up fighters? No. Sex sells, fights sell, and Nick Diaz versus Anderson Silva sells. Dana White just has to make it happen.
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