Dana White Says if Nick Diaz Beats Anderson Silva, He Could Fight for the Title

July 30, 2014
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Nick Diaz has said over and over that he’d really only wants to fight superfights or for titles. He was granted the first part of his wish on Tuesday when UFC president Dana White announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter that Diaz would return to the Octagon on Jan. 31, 2015, to also welcome back Anderson Silva.

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The two will meet in a five-round UFC 183 main event in Las Vegas.

While making the announcement, White added that, should Diaz defeat Silva, he could be granted a title shot.

“Absolutely,” White said of Diaz’s prospects for a title shot, despite losing back-to-back bouts coming into the fight with Silva.

Check out Dana White’s announcement on SportsCenter in the clip above.

(Video courtesy of ESPN)

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  • MuayThaiFood

    “Dana White Says if Nick Diaz Beats Anderson Silva, He Could Fight for the Title”
    ….and if pigs had wings they could fly

    • Matte

      You got wings? 😉

      On a serious note it look like a really hard fight for Nick, nonetheless I really look forward to this fight.

    • Darin

      Anything can happen with Silva, he’s a weird dude. You never know what’s going on in his head. In his rematch against Weidman he looked lost and he was doing horrible even before his leg snapped. Who knows what kind of fighter he’ll be coming of his injury.

      • Jason Walter

        Yeah, he was scared of Weidman

        • cheflacsto

          Anderson was scared of Weidman? You guys are nuts. Anderson got caught again, almost knocked out, then he recovered and did quite a bit of damage to Weidman from the bottom before the leg broke. Watch it again, after he recovers, Weidman is the guy getting up from the matt with a bloody face. I am not saying Weidman would of lost but in my opinion these two guys still have a score to settle. I am not sold on Weidman being nearly as good as everyone thinks he is. To me Luke Rockhold will beat him. Vitor has a chance but I doubt it and I don’t think Jacare could handle him.

          • Jason Walter

            “A rematch with Weidman isn’t in my plans. He has already beat me twice, everybody saw that. Lyoto Machida will have his opportunity, Ronaldo Souza is walking on his path.” — Silva

          • cheflacsto

            Yeah and he also said he didn’t want a rematch the first time. Silva fought guys at 205 and you think he is scared. That is utter nonsense. These guys are professional I don’t think any of them are scared when they step in the cage.

          • Marky Gibbs

            anderson straight up said weidman is too young and in his prime anderson almost pushin 40 lets get it together guys.

    • George Sperry

      And on a side note… Would a Pig have wings if it drank Red Bull?

      • disqus_063g1sXnAQ

        If Peter Griffin owns it than yes. XD

  • Mark McDowall

    So you’ve got a welterweight…fighting a middle weight…both on 2 fight loosing streaks…and if the welterweight wins he gets a shot at the middle weight belt….makes sense Dana!!!

    • Joe Dog

      Makes total sense but only if Diaz gets a lightweight title shot also.

      • Wolf Ticket

        Yeah, but it only makes sense if Diaz fails his drug test.

      • Fredward

        Heck yeah, Jones vs Diaz! Oh…you didn’t say lightHeavyweight….

        I don’t see him trying to fight anyone but the winner of Hendricks or Lawler.

    • Mark McDowall

      Sad…but very true. He shouldn’t even be in the title picture in any division…he’s closer to a bellator title shot then he is a UFC one.

  • MikeMcK83

    Its crazy how loosely the phrase “super fight” is being used these days. The only way Nick Diaz is in anything called a super fight is if he’s wearing tights and a cape.

  • George Sperry

    I hate to say it but the UFC is turning into a freak show. Dana’s preoccupation with people like Sonnen and Diaz and his over promotion of them is just turning me off. Throw in his obsession wit rousey and I wish he would just STFU.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    What a joke! This fight should be just what it is, an exhibition fight. It’s not even in the ballpark of being a No. 1 contender fight. That said, 185 is slim pickins for Weidman. Who’s left that’s really viable? Mousasi but who else? I must say, I certainly won’t pay for this fight just on principle.

    • Supaman

      Mousasi & Jacare – although UFC inexplicably has these guys rematching, when they’re the only 2 actual viable threats.

      Vitor being off TRT and lack of takedown defense will be his undoing against Weidman.

      Mousasi would be the worst match-up for Weidman. Mousasi has an experience advantage, more quickness, better footwork, and striking advantage. Mousasi is also very dangerous on his back if Weidman takes him down there.

      Jacare is another guy that fits the mold to defeat a guy like Weidman. Experience advantage, KO power, and grappling advantage. Weidman’s biggest strengths is his wrestling & grappling, so having a guy like Jacare who can nullify that offers the biggest threat.

      • John Bunch

        Jacare is a beast. MW a little deeper, imo, than the TS’ers opinion.

    • heatcliff

      you’re an idiot!

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        Thanks Dana.

  • TKDGuy

    how exactly is this a “superfight”? Are they not fighting at 185?
    Or is White just setting up Diaz against a big name that’s out of his league, so he shuts up after he loses?

    • Jason Walter

      Out of his league?

  • Fredward

    You all are hysterical, freaking out about it being a “superfight” and what is fair and who deserves what. It’s all about the money baby.

    Get yourselves together. Diaz and Anderson Silva are needlemovers and cash cows. Dana wants to cash in. He is the BaldFather. The “White” Don King.

    He gonna squeeze blood out of this turnip one way or another. C’mon baby…get it together now.

  • illuminated

    this should be a great fight. Anderson has the reach advantage and kicks much better than Nick. This fight could be HUGE for Diaz if he can win.