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UFC: Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz superfight on the cards

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Nick Diaz is set to return from his 'semi-retirement' to fight Anderson Silva in early 2015.

According to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, the two fighters have said they both want to fight each other and that the only obstacle is how much money is on the table from the UFC.

This should be no surprise considering it's Nick Diaz, who has been living off the money he earned from his fight against Georges St-Pierre last March and has been rejecting lesser fights.

Helwani reported that Diaz sees the fight as potentially one of the biggest in MMA history, especially from a buy rate perspective, and would want to be paid as such.

For Silva, on Monday, his coach Ed Soares said that a fight with Diaz was one that would capture the attention of Silva, who is recovering from a gruesome leg injury suffered at the hands of Chris Weidman.

Silva said just last month that he doesn't expect to see out the remaining eight fights of his contract, especially as he's 39 years old and recovering from such an intensive injury.

He hasn't spoken much about challenging Weidman again either, despite still being one of the top ranked middleweight contenders.

It may be that big money 'superfights' are the route that Silva will go down now and against Diaz, it would certainly be one of the biggest fights of the year, if not of all-time.

An early 2015 return is expected for Silva, so there's still time for the UFC to try and get Diaz into another fight, if he needs the money that is.

There's been no word yet from Dana White on the potential clash, but the obstacle of money is certainly a major one for him and Diaz.

The last time White paid Diaz a hefty fee to fight, he went into 'semi-retirement' shortly after, which took away a major draw in the welterweight division, which was made even worse when top-draw, Georges St-Pierre decided to take a sabbatical.

How much money he'll be asking for is unclear, but figures for his last fight against St-Pierre have been rumoured from anywhere from $200,000 to $2,000,000 based on sponsorships, UFC paycheck, PPV cut, etc, and a fight with the returning Silva may require a similar number.

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