Nate Diaz has fired the first shot at Anderson Silva, as the two are linked more and more for a 'superfight' early next year.
Diaz suggested that Silva fire his coach and hire a boxing coach in his place ahead of his return to the octagon, which is rumoured to be early next year.
"I'll tell you what, I think he should fire his trainer and hire himself a boxing trainer that teaches him how to put punches out," Diaz told Fighthub. "I don't talk no s**t. I aint trying to talk no s**t. Of course he's got as many fights as he wants to have, but people saying s**t like, 'He should retire. He's not going to be the same.' I'm like, 'Fire your coach and get somebody to train your punches.'"
"His last fight, he had punches for [Weidman], but he didn't have no punches," said Diaz. "Know what I'm sayin'? That was the key. Putting punches out there but [Silva] had no punches for that guy. So then he started lobbing kicks out there and you saw what happened to his leg. He didn't have no answer for it." He added.
Diaz recently came back from the MMA wilderness to talk up a potential fight with Silva, who has expressed an interest in fighting the Stockton-based fighter.
Diaz has been in 'semi-retirement' since he lost to Georges St-Pierre last March at UFC 168. He 'retired' having made a big payday for his title shot and although he said he didn't need to return, if the money is right, he'll fight anyone.
He considers a potential fight with Silva as 'one of the biggest fights in MMA history' and it's clear he's wanting to be paid as such.
Diaz has racked up quite the following over the years with his exciting fighting style and trash talking. At a time when the UFC's welterweight division is undergoing a golden age of contenders, he could've been having some of the best fights of his career.
Instead, he's waiting for a big fight payday and Silva offers that.
It was Silva's coach that said a fight with Diaz would appeal to the Brazilian superstar and with the 38 year old recovering from a horrific leg break and back-to-back losses to Chris Weidman, he might done with contending for the UFC Middleweight title.
He's also said that he probably won't see out the remaining eight fights on his contract, so 'superfight' paydays maybe the way Silva bows out from the UFC and MMA altogether.
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