Anderson Silva’s smashing of light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar last weekend at UFC 153 was yet another example of the Brazilian beating an opponent down in highlight-reel fashion. “The Spider” is 16-0 since signing with the UFC including fourteen finishes, the latest of which further cemented his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
As intimidating as Silva’s stats may be, one peer who is far from afraid of the challenges the middleweight champion presents is Nick Diaz. Despite being the smaller competitor, Diaz simply likes to scrap regardless of the scenario and enjoys testing himself against the best MMA has to offer.
Diaz’s manager/coach Cesar Gracie went online this week to let the world know Diaz still wants to fight Silva though UFC President Dana White isn’t necessarily keen on the idea. Diaz’s interest in a showdown with Silva was initially revealed in late July where it was stated he’d even fight the fan-favorite at 185 pounds if need be.
The 37-year old Silva has been vocal about his desire to take on welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the coming months, seeking the biggest fights possible before calling it a career. However, after Diaz’s name was originally thrown around, Silva’s management acknowledged the bout made for an intriguing possibility considering the competitor’s fanbase and fighting style.
Diaz is currently serving a suspension resulting from marijuana metabolites being found in his system after a controversial loss to Carlos Condit this past February. He has been contesting the Nevada Athletic Commission’s ruling ever since in hopes of a faster return to the ring, though with the amount of time remaining on his sentence it may become a moot point at some point soon.
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