Another episode of “UFC Tonight” aired Wednesday evening on FOX Sports 1, and brought with it some interesting news bits courtesy of Ariel Helwani.
Over the past few days, many sides have weighed in on a possible Anderson Silva-Nick Diaz fight either late in 2014 or early in 2015. While Silva’s camp mentioned Diaz as a possible opponent, along with Michael Bisping and a few other names, it was confirmed that Diaz would also be interested.
The report stated that Diaz would accept the fight if the money was right. The former Strikeforce champion and one-time UFC title contender has been in retirement since a loss to Georges St-Pierre.
– Eddie Wineland is less than a year removed from competing for the UFC bantamweight title, but his career might be over. Wineland suffered a first round knockout loss to Johnny Eduardo this past May, leaving him with a broken jaw.
It was stated on the program that Wineland (21-10-1) will get the wire removed from his jaw this week and will decide on continuing to fight or not after that. The 29-year-old has been competing professional since 2003.
Wineland is a former WEC champion, a former Total Fight Challenge champion and has won one “Fight of the Night” in the UFC.
– Cat Zingano, who was the No. 1 contender to female bantamweight chmapion Ronda Rousey last year before suffering a nasty knee injury, is targeting a return to action in September.
According to the report, Zingano (8-0) could face Amanda Nunes. UFC president Dana White has previously said that, while “Alpha” remains a top contender, she would likely need to fight someone other than Rousey before competing for the belt.
– Ex-UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has had a rough 2014, as he lost to Dan Henderson for a second time and was recently involved in an armed robbery. While Rua escaped the incident unharmed, some have questioned if he will continue fighting.
Helwani stated that Rua plans to compete again and will remain at light heavyweight. His reported target date is the September UFC Japan card.
The 32-year-old Brazilian is just 1-3 in his last four and 3-5 since dropping the title to Jon Jones in 2011.
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