Anderson Silva Wants Nick Diaz for His UFC Return

June 5, 2014
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Anderson Silva vs Nick DiazNick Diaz is retired… unless Nick Diaz gets offered a fight and the accompanying money that makes sense to him for a return.

Thus far, he hasn’t been happy with any combination of fight and money that the UFC has posed. The most recent offering was a bout with Hector Lombard.

“I talked to Nick. I offered him the Lombard fight,” UFC president Dana White relayed in late April. “Said he was interested in it and then he’s gone, disappears.”

White has since distanced himself from talk about Nick and Nate Diaz and their issues with getting paid more than what their current contracts require or jumping ahead into title fights and the like.

A fight that might bring Nick Diaz back – and one that might make White rethink attempting to reopen communications with him – is a bout with Anderson Silva.

Silva apparently is the one that is interested in putting a fight together between him and Diaz. Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, told UFC Tonight that Silva felt a fight with Nick Diaz would be a good fight for his return to the Octagon, which he has consistently targeted for early 2015.

While White might not be all hot and bothered about reaching out to Diaz, that could all change in an instant if Silva asks him to do so. Silva has been such a dominant fighter for such a long time, and has been such an important piece of the UFC puzzle, that White is likely to try and make his former champion happy.

And, for his part in the equation, Diaz told UFC Tonight that he has interest in the fight, which he had already said when he first stepped away from the sport.

After losing to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158, Diaz said that unless he got another fight with Georges St-Pierre or a fight with Anderson Silva or a bout of that caliber, he was likely calling it quits.

Now, with Silva possibly in the offing, Diaz’s interest is once again peaked. The question again would be what is it worth to the UFC, as Diaz said it would have to make “financial sense.”

We’re still quite a ways away from Silva’s return, unless the Spider is playing possum and opts to return sooner than 2015, but we’re likely to continuously hear chatter about the possibility of Silva vs. Diaz until the UFC shoots it down or makes happen.

Is Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz a fight that you want to see?

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  • Christina

    I would love to see Silva turn Nicks face into hamburger for 5 rounds.

  • Jesse Aikens

    seems like a good idea

  • Juanye_

    Nick Diaz vs Anderson Silva is the fight that makes sense to both fighters, the UFC organization, and to all the fans around the world. I personally would fly to wherever this fight is taking place!

    • Adam Vogt North Yarmouth

      I would love to see this fight too, but don’t you think Anderson is way too strong for Nick? Diaz never struck me as particularly strong welter, and very few middle weights can even match Anderson’s strength. I love this fight stylistically, but in actuality I think its an easy W over a well known opponent for Anderson and a big payday for Nick, which is what I think both guys are after right now, and why it could likely happen.

      • SlyDevil

        Well with Anderson coming back from an injury I think it is a good welcome back fight. Silva is a great fighter, however he needs to get his feet weight again after the injury he suffered. I think its a good fight, if he wins he gets to put Diaz back in his place.

  • Adam Vogt North Yarmouth

    I can see a lot of reasons to complain about this fight and call it a sideshow, which it is, but I’d love to see it. Anderson is too strong for Nick, but otherwise stylistically these guys were born to fight each other.

  • HpPavilion22

    Diaz can not turn this down..

  • uncle

    This fight will be insane ! make it happen

  • Lucas Freire

    What the flying f**k?
    Are you guys really saying it makes sense?
    The 185 legend against a 170 stoner?

    • Ian Price

      Say what you want, but you will be there when it happens

      • Lucas Freire

        ofc I’ll watch it. I’d also watch Cain vs Aldo. I like fights. It just doesn’t anything to the division or to their records.
        Unless Diaz upsets, then he has the whole world to win. And Silva has everything to lose.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    I DONT CARE WHO SILVA IS FIGHTING I WANT TO WATCH THIS GUY ALREADY

  • mical5

    What a dumb fight…. Yet I can’t look away:-)

  • jimmy777

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  • Lt. Dangle

    If this doesn’t bring Nick out of retirement, Idk what will.

    • TheCerealKiller

      He said he wants 500K to fight. That’s more than Brock, but he has zero selling power compared to him. He won’t take the fight because he knows he will lose.

      • drownedntears

        If Diaz really said that, I would tell him to piss off. It might make good financial sense to the UFC for this fight, but out of principle, I would tell Diaz he is nowhere near worth that kinda money,and if he thinks he is, then he needs his head checked. However, it would be nice to see Silva destroy him. Him and Nate are both a couple of whiny bitches.

  • BoomBoom1234

    Dana White will be loving this because it will make him so much f–king money.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Diaz has never beaten anyone of any importance.

    Look it up and think about it for a minute.

    • Baconandeggskiller

      Lawler. Penn. Daley. You’re stupid

      • TheCerealKiller

        A 22 year old Lawler ten years ago… irrelevant.

        Paul Daley, who was a flash in the pan and is now in the minor leagues… irrelevant.

        BJ Penn at 170lbs? Maybe when BJ was younger, but not when he fought Diaz.

        • Baller31

          You’re irrelevant

    • julian moran

      Boring.

  • mmalive

    Great fight. Anderson needs a good tune up fight. Diaz great opponent. Anderson is too big for Diaz. Make it catch weight.

  • lat

    Good fight, let’s see who has better boxing skills.

    • Ian Price

      Anderson’s boxing is legendary. However, GSP said with no hesitation that Nick is the best boxer in the WW division.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Let me take a minute to look at this…
    Nick’s most notable win ever, BJ Penn. Here is BJ’s record over his last six fights;
    LOSS Rory MacDonald
    LOSS Nick Diaz
    DRAW Jon Fitch
    WIN Matt Hughes
    LOSS Frankie Edgar
    LOSS Frankie Edgar

    Why do people think Nick is any good? Really? Washed up Shamrocks and BJ’s? He shouldn’t even be rank by his history.

    • MOney .junkey

      He also knocked out robbie lawler

      • elvi

        brotha that was literally 10 years ago! i think times have changed wouldnt you?

        • Cameron Merryman

          He still knocked him out in his PRIME and with a jab no less

          • Michael Smith

            No, Lawler is in his prime now and Diaz is way past his prime. I’d love to see Silva beat the s–t out of Diaz. Too bad it wouldn’t shut him the f— up though.

          • Mike the spike

            Diaz should start paying his taxes!

          • uncle

            I disagree I think Robbie is at his
            prime right now. Diaz would have
            a hell of time repeating that performance if they fight again

          • TheCerealKiller

            You are seriously damaged if you think 22 years old is a fighters prime…

          • Cameron Merryman

            Pettis.

    • julian moran

      Boring.

    • Baller31

      Mma math is for idiot kids

      • TheCerealKiller

        MMAth would be saying Serra was better than Diaz because he beat GSP and Diaz didn’t. You don’t even understand what you just said. Besides, BJ should never have been fighting at 170lbs. That’s why he is at 145 now.

        • Baller31

          You’re clueless. Mma math is predicting an outcome based on past opponents, which, although you’re very slow to realize it, you just did.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Explain my MMAth please, because I did now of it. Be very descriptive. You will fail.

          • Baller31

            Know, not now, and I did. Have your mommy see my earlier comment and explain to you

    • Baller31

      Why would you even try to use bj’s record to diss Diaz? Truly stupid

    • Harvey J. Butternut, III

      That’s like judging Silva on Maia’s recent record.

      • TheCerealKiller

        No it’s not. I’m just saying that BJ is not the same as he was when he was champ. What top ten fighter has Diaz beaten in the past 5 years?

  • Kenyon Johnson

    If Silva says HE wants Diaz and Diaz says HE’s interested and both of them get mixed reactions from crowds and people either wanna see them win or lose…then WTF does ANY OF these comments matter?

  • julian moran

    The fight does not make sense. The best middle weight of all times vs a top 5 welter weight. However, I would watch any Silva and any Diaz fights.

    • Cptmats

      Top 5 is pretty generous !

  • Jay A Nokay

    Who in their right minds, would NOT pay to watch this fight…

    IDGAF what happens. LOL

    • tipsyhippy

      I agree 100%!!

    • Ian Price

      If Anderson gets even one Stockton slap, I’ll s–t a brick.

      • Mike the spike

        Diaz lost to Sean Sherk and Diego sanchez and kj noons silva will murder Diaz

    • earlsimmons

      I wouldnt. Diaz isnt that good and anderson would run through him easily. Anderson has the power reach and better technique. Not an interesting fight at all.

      • Earlsadouche

        You’re an idiot

        • earlsimmons

          …you sound like a liberal. Name calling with nothing to back it up. CLASSIC.

          • Earlsadouche

            Your comments back it up quite nicely

  • tipsyhippy

    FUHHQ IT, MAKE IT HAPPEN. I’LL WATCH!!

  • Cameron Merryman

    Diaz wont even fight in his own weight class. Do you think hes gonna smoke up to middleweight?

  • Matte

    Make it happen!

  • Bob Sacamanto

    To say nick never beat anyone good is ridiculous. At the time he was fighting, he fought the toughest guys there was to offer besides gsp, Hughes , and maybe a pride guy or two. And everyone people thought would beat him lost. But todays “fans” think if you lose a fight then nothing you ever did matters.

    • earlsimmons

      How can you say “he fought the toughest guys there was to offer besides gsp, Hughes….”
      Well then he DIDNT fight the toughest guys available. Are you a little slow bro?

      • Tom

        The only way Nick Diaz has lost a fight is when the other guy runs away or they lay on top of him. I’m not saying they’re bad strategies to use, but that’s the only way to beat Nick. No one will stand with him and when they do they get beat up. Nick will lose against most really good wrestlers, but put him in there with Silva and we’ll see if Nick’s boxing is really all that. I can’t wait.

        • TheCerealKiller

          KJ Noons won by TKO first round. Just saying.

          • julian moran

            What is your point?
            The TKO was due to a cut.

          • TheCerealKiller

            “The only way Nick Diaz has lost a fight is when the other guy runs away or they lay on top of him”

            Are you retarded like your avatar?

          • Baller31

            Guess you didn’t see that fight, huh? Silva also lost to okami, if that’s the game, and jones lost to Matt hamill

        • Rick Ricky

          Yes I can beat Nick if he fights the way I want him to fight.

    • Necro

      Bobby, get that dong out of your ass.

    • Mark McDowall

      It’s not ridiculous in the slightest. He got whooped by GSP who is arguably the best WW of all time. He decisioned a past it BJ Penn…and thats about it. The rest of his resume is pretty average at best.

      • Bob Sacamanto

        because you don’t recognize most of the names on his Wikipedia page shows how little you know

        • Bob Sacamanto

          Oh I forgot, if it wasn’t in the ufc in the last 18 months it means nothing.

        • Mark McDowall

          I recognize alot of the names on there…but most of them the majority of MMA fans wouldn’t because they are nobodys

          • natpaukar7

            In all fairness there’s a reason their not in the ufc…Daley, shamrock, even if fighters showed promise the ufc took me back…it’s not a matter of not knowing who ppl are, the ufc is a rather efficient organization someone please name one non ufc champ that could touch a current ufc champ

          • Cameron

            Marlon Moraes could beat Dillashaw at 135.. Diaz could beat Hendricks, Cyborg and Holly Holm could beat Ronda, That’s about it. Plus Daley sucker punched Koscheck so he isn’t in the UFC and Frank Shamrock had a falling out many years ago with dana

          • natpaukar7

            Diaz is kind of a UFC fighter and I don’t think he’d beat Hendricks the same way he couldn’t beat GSP. Moraes would get beat by either Dillishaw (if he ever looks that good again) or Barao….particularly Dillishaw…his kicks and jumping in style would be way off due to Dillisaw’s footwork and I think Barao is a better version of him anyway….as far as Rousey is concerned….I agree she needs some tests but women’s mma is so new that I would confidently take back my statements about UFC being the best regarding them because that still has a world of potential for development…other than that I stand by my comment that UFC champs are somewhat far and away better than other champs.

          • Baller31

            Ben askren would have a great chance against Hendricks, the new king of decision wins. Cyborg would smash Rousey if she dropped a weight class.

          • natpaukar7

            I personally don’t think so….Hendricks is way more well rounded than Askren and I think their wrestling abilities would make it a standup fight/I would even argue that as far as MMA wrestling is concerned, though it is a diffferent animal than collegiate wrestling, I do believe Hendricks is a better MMA Wrestler.

          • Stockton

            He knocked out Paul Daley. 95% of WWs that would bang with Daley would get ko. Diaz subbed cyborg a black belt in jitz. I can’t believe people are talking about Anderson’s “wins” at 205. Against Forrest, the slowest fighter in the game, James irvin a future shitty 185er, and Bonnar.. Self explanatory.

          • Baller31

            Good points. Also, silva got dropped in his last two fights, and Diaz has a great chin. I think Diaz has a good chance of beating silva

      • Rudeboy

        If Nick Diaz has a bad resume I guess so does Colture,Liddell and FGriffen! Man you got to be joking. He beat Gomi when nobody else could come close,knocked out Robby Lawler when Lawler was knocking everyone out and that doesn’t even include his run in Strikeforce when he picked his opposition apart. Also take in consideration that Nick really is a big LW and has fought up to 185. And I can’t believe people are on here talking shit about Silva. The guy might be the best to ever strap on 5 pound gloves. Both guys are legendary and it would be a helluva fight!

  • Gomay Sheet

    it’s a smart fight I don’t think Anderson wants someone hackin at his leg yet.. Diaz will consistently come forward and he rarely does leg kicks so I somewhat see the strategy.

    • Ryambo

      I agree, Silva would much rather have a stand up dominate opponant for his return and there are no other stand up dominate fighters in the top ranked category.

  • BobGyro

    Love to see this clown fight, Silva by knockout in the first round. i think we should see nate vs cain as the main event i would pay anything to see those two douchbags get the hell beat out of them in the same night.

    • julian moran

      douchey comment.

      • BobGyro

        That u nick?

  • Chris

    The stare down will be sweet

  • Dak446

    Hey, Ken Pishna, ‘Diaz’s interest is once again piqued’, not peaked.

  • Charles

    Good fight for Silva. pick a can crusher with good credit the can bring in some PPV buys. Silva won’t do a Stockton Slap, he’ll KTFO of Nick and make him look silly.

  • Jared

    Here we go again with Silva picking out an under weight fighter!!!! GOD!!!!!! Fight someone your size you fake champion!!!!!!!

    • does it matter

      SILVA been fighting people at his weight class and 205 and beat them GOD!!!!!! Get your info right you Silva hater

      • Rick Ricky

        I get your point point but damn work on the delivery.

      • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

        Yeah, he called out every LHW except Jon Jones cause he was scared. Impressive

        • drkdisciple

          To hate Anderson Silva is fine to say that he is scared is just plain stupid.

        • does it matter

          LMAO jon jones is ducking everyone who calls him out so bad he’s going to start quaking

    • Kayle

      Nick Diaz fan quaking in his boots. ROFL.

  • Tater nuts

    Diaz would die in 2 minutes, if hes lucky. Silva must want an easy pay check. Dont Be scared homie.

  • dandogood

    Nick Diaz deserves nothing in life let alone deserves a UFC fight. Let Silva fight one of the deserving fighters who respect the UFC. Nick Diaz is a warm turd.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Silva calling out a WW? Verrrryyyyy good proof he’s the GOAT. Not.

    • Dayne Blake

      Diaz called Anderson out first you dick

  • StocktonWAR

    LETS GOOOOOOOOOO 209!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NICK DIAZ ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ponchi Galavis

    @bestfighterever NICK DIAZ!!!! WAR!!!!!

  • Nico Greek

    Every true fan of the sport wants to see this!

  • dandogood

    Nick Diaz is Satan’s son. Nick is pure evil and bred from the loins of the evilest one of them all=Satan himself..