Anderson Silva on UFC Comeback Fight: ‘It’s Excellent for Fans, Myself, and Nick Diaz’

August 1, 2014
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Anderson SilvaEver since Anderson Silva declared he wanted to fight Nick Diaz in his comeback fight, the question has consistently been: Why?

But as UFC president Dana White has said, why not?

It didn’t take much more than Silva saying he wanted it for the UFC to make it happen. As was announced earlier this week, the fight has been made. It will headline UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015.

SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Fight Signed

But there actually are a number of reasons for fight to make sense.

Silva and Diaz have both been out of the Octagon for an extended period of time. Both are fan magnets coming off of losses. Their fighting styles – if Silva doesn’t go all Abu Dhabi on us again – generally bring the promise of an exciting finish.

Plus, it’s just going to be an excellent fight for everyone involved, according to Silva.

“This fight is going to be excellent for fans, it’s going to be excellent for myself, and for Nick Diaz, as well,” Silva told MMAWeekly.com on Friday. “We both haven’t stepped in the Octagon for quite a while. Nick Diaz is a guy that steps forward, he has great boxing skills, and he’s gonna come to fight.”

Silva admitted that his leg is at about 95-percent of where it was prior to the injury he suffered in his second consecutive loss to current champion Chris Weidman, but promised come fight time the leg would be 100-percent healthy.

During the time he’s ben recuperating, the UFC middleweight division has moved on Particularly, since Weidman, as Silva said, has proven that he is “for real” with his victory over Silva teammate Lyoto Machida.

Silva, however, is not looking beyond Diaz or letting his gaze shift back to the gold that used to be wrapped around his waist.

SEE ALSO: If Nick Diaz Beats Anderson Silva, He Could Fight for the Title

“I have another seven fights on my contact. Right now, (the title) not my priority,” he said. “But it’s not out of the question. If I have the credentials to fight for the title, I will be more than glad to do it.”

For now, however, the focus is on returning to the Octagon, beating Nick Diaz, and returning to form.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Anderson is going to throw him around like a rag doll. Diaz is not a big 170, how is he going to contend with the strength difference?

    • Ripshot de la Culebra

      Silva doesn’t use his strength to his advantage. He relies on pure skill.

      • petefrontkick

        but he will punched by a larger and more stronger Anderson Silva..like when Miocic punched Maldonado he got punched by guy above his weight class all that matters

    • Ian Price

      Nick said he walks around at 195. So come fight time he’ll weigh 190 and Anderson 200. Not a huge difference, especially considering the fight will remain standing.

  • petefrontkick

    yup Anderson is faster, footwork, stronger, better striker punches and kicks + will have the reach advantage..Silvas chin is not the same so it makes it interesting and Diaz has crazy chin so it a MUST watch

    • Sean

      I completely agree. I’m not a massive silva fan and at first said Diaz you ko him in round 3-4 but after watching the condit and penn fights with Diaz again I just don’t think Diaz will cope with silva. It’s definatly going to be a fun fight

      • Sean

        Would*

      • petefrontkick

        i think Anderson footwork will be too much + Diaz is not wrestler/ has no chance to take Anderson down..so anderson will be more free to punch and move unlike his previous oponent where he was more worried about the takedown..Diaz is too slow to close distance on Anderson, Nick does good against people that stand like a pole

    • Ian Price

      Anderson and Nick have similar reaches.

      • petefrontkick

        factst to prove your point?

        • Ian Price

          I’m wrong. Silva has 3″ reach advantage

          • petefrontkick

            Not only that but Anderson is way more fluent with his striking mixes up kicks with punches and has solid my Thai clinch where as nick basically relies on going forward and boxing but still has a chance cus his hard to finish

  • BobGyro

    bahahaha……buahaha dana white at it again

  • The Milkman

    I’m pumped for this fight. Big fan of both. I’m actually not gonna be surprised if Diaz takes this. If this was a few years ago I’d bet the house on silva but at 39 and coming off not only a gruesome injury he’s also coming off knockout loss as well. So it’s not just his leg he’s gotta trust it’s his chin too. Plus Diaz tends to be underestimated and is tough as hell.

  • Ian Price

    Yeah nick shouldn’t be fighting for the MW title if he wins. There are a few fighters ahead of him in line. But a win over Anderson plus one more win…. Then sure.

    • uncle

      Exactly! they may give him a title shot
      I believe Weidman would crush him.
      So staying in MW is a bad idea.

  • Stephen Quadros

    Wish Anderson would retire,he is following his idol Roy Jones’ footsteps.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Why? He lost a fight, then broke his leg. It’s not like Chuck getting KO’d because his chin was gone.

      • asd

        Silva GOT KO’d in both of his last two fights.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Maybe you didn’t see his last fight, but it wasn’t a KO.

      • Stephen Quadros

        Sorry for the late reply but Anderson is starting to show his age,just like Roy Jones he was a speed and reflex fighter.I just wish he would hang them up before he receives any further punishment.

        • TheCerealKiller

          If Diaz beats him, I’ll agree with you.

  • Guest

    n*gger, really? You racist MFer! Go die in a fire.

    • uncle

      You give that word too much power I’m
      having fun with it, by the way I’m black..
      and if you let words get you bent out of shape you’re a idiot.

  • Hansa

    The fight will not live up to the hype, it will be boring. Don’t misunderstand me I’m the biggest Silva-fan ever, but there are two options. Either Silva wants to prove himself and will win by a quick KO or he’ll try to entertain like he did against Weidman, Bonnar and Okami and joke around. It will be embarrassing cuz Diaz will not engage in his mind games and I’ll bet you it will be controversial cuz Diaz will stop fighting and leave. Just wait and see…

  • eddie eagle

    Silva knows this is an easy fight. Dana wants to see Nick beaten down and humiliated again. Silva is way better and bigger than little Nick. Satan will not even help Nick in this fight.