You read that right, Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva have agreed to meet in the Octagon for a Middlewight bout in January 2014. It’s hard not to get immediately excited for this bout as Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva are two of the most exciting fighters in the history of the sport, both in their own respective ways. January is still a long way off, and it will be interesting to see how the UFC decides to treat this bout. This is the first time in several years that Silva has not fought for a title.
The UFC might want to make this fight a 5 rounder, though, to do that, the fight would have to be the main event of a fight card because there is no title on the line. The UFC could headline a free card with this fight, but it’s hard to imagine they would let two of their biggest money draws fight on a free card. Diaz vs. Silva could potentially headline a PPV, but, with so many active champions, fans have gotten used to the idea of almost every PPV event being headlined by a championship fight. The third option is to concede that this fight will be three rounds and make it the co-main event under a title fight.
If this is indeed the route the UFC will go, depending on the title fight, the PPV that Diaz vs. Silva will Co-headline could be one of the best selling events of all time. Nick Diaz, Anderson Silva, and a title fight, all on one card. Dana White can probably hear the money piling up already.
Aside from how this fight will be treated, it’s interesting to look at this fight from a logical point of view. Diaz vs. Silva is the closest thing the UFC has come to a super fight since pitting BJ Penn against Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight championship. The only other fight that comes to mind was when Forrest Griffin fought Anderson Silva at light heavyweight; Forrest being the former light heavyweight champion and Silva being the current middleweight champion.
The last time we saw Nick Diaz in the Octagon was in an unsuccessful attempt at dethroning then-champion Georges St. Pierre. Diaz was dominated throughout the fight and eventually succumbed to an unanimous decision loss. After the bout, and obviously frustrated Diaz decided he no longer wanted to fight, that he was over it, and that he was strongly considering retirement.
Silva, on the other hand, was forced out of the sport for an extended period of time as, in his last fight, he suffered a horrific leg injury. Silva broke his leg clean in half after throwing a kick at middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. The injury happened in December of 2013, which will make it just over a year out of the cage for Silva. Though Diaz has been out of the sport longer, he has not had to battle back from an injury.
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