Anderson Silva Will Welcome Nick Diaz Back To The Octagon

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A super-fight has been signed for 2015, as former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes his return to the Octagon against Nick Diaz. UFC president Dana White made the announcement during a special appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Tuesday.

The card, slated for January 31 from Las Vegas, will take place the weekend of the Super Bowl. It is expected to be contested in the middleweight division.

“The fight that the fans have been waiting for. The fight that the fans have been screaming for. We have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz,” White said. “It will be the main event and it will be five rounds.”

Silva (33-6) suffered a broken leg last December in a loss to Chris Weidman for the middleweight title. It was the second straight loss to Weidman for “The Spider,” who has been silencing critics about retirement since the injury.

Diaz (26-9) recently signed a new three-fight deal with the UFC after announcing his retirement in 2013 following a loss to Georges St-Pierre. He is a former Strikeforce champion and owns wins over BJ Penn, Paul Daley and Frank Shamrock.

“Anderson feels great,” White said. “He’s 100-percent healthy. He’s kicking. He feels great.”

White also stated that Diaz could position himself for a title fight with a win, adding, “He’s right in there. It would be a huge, huge win for him.”

Information for this story was obtained from MMAjunkie.com.

8 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Yeah!!! Two fighters who are 0-2 going at each other! I hope Silva just absolutely destroys Diaz, for one I don’t like the guy, but two I don’t want to see him win then magically get another title shot he hasn’t earned

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  • Screenplaya says:

    All I can say is, “Thank you, Uncle Dana!” It is too bad that both guys with have pounds of ring rust on them when it happens, but I’ll take it!

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i might be the only one who doesnt like this fight!
    on one hand yes, awesome fight, can’t wait to see it.
    but as a Nick Diaz fan, i don’t see him having a chance against Anderson. Silva may not KO him, but Nicks lack of defense could lead to him getting cut up for sure.
    I’d rather see Silva fight a mw, winner of Bisping/Cung would be a great money making and easy fight for Anderson.
    and rather see Nick fight Matt Brown, or the loser of Lawler/Hendricks

    Will be interesting to see where the UFC’s priorities lie with this as well. Do they put it on PPV, see if they can break or get close too that one million buys (which they have been offensively shy of recently). Or stick it on Fox, get possibly their biggest viewing figures ever?

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    ah i missed the bit that says it will be UFC 183.
    PPV it is then

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  • Dufresne says:

    I kind of have mixed feelings on this one. On one hand I’m a Diaz fan and this is frankly a terrible matchup for him. On the other hand, it’s probably going to be a hell of a fight. Either Diaz gets stopped early or he makes it a brawl.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    if i absolutely had to put money on one outcome or another, i’d put it on this fight not actually happening come January

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  • Dufresne says:

    I’m worried about that as well hindsight.

    Off topic: Joe Riggs is out of his match with Paulo Thiago. Apparently Riggs shot himself in the hand and leg while cleaning his pistol. Which is why you’re always supposed to make sure the firearm is unloaded before you do anything to it. Stupid mistake, and he’s lucky it didn’t hit anything important or he’d have bigger problems than missing a fight.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    I read about Joe, jesus what a thing to do.
    sucks for him but how can you be that careless? crazy bastard

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