Nick Diaz has returned from his self-imposed exile and has agreed to a new three fight contract as rumours begin to stir that the fight with Anderson Silva is on.
Diaz hasn't been seen in the UFC since he lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 153 and had been calling himself semi-retired but recent talk of a 'superfight' with Silva have seemingly stirred Stockton's finest.
The UFC announced the news on their website, and after a day that saw Daniel Cormier replace Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 178, everyone thought the surprises were out of the way.
Will it be Anderson Silva he faces though?
Despite the rumours and interest from both parties in a fight, so far Dana White has been playing his cards very close to his chest and said on Twitter that he hadn't even spoken to Silva yet.
"There is no update on Anderson vs Diaz. Anderson can't fight till Feb. Lorenzo and I have not even talked to Anderson."
Well Diaz, and the UFC.com writers, haven't helped the rumours with Diaz stating that he plans to return in early 2015, just around the same-time that Silva returns himself.
It seems pretty likely that this is the fight that Diaz has been pulled back in for but if it isn't Silva, Diaz wants another title shot, just like his last two fights.
As stated earlier, he lost to St-Pierre for the Welterweight title at UFC 153 but also lost to Carlos Condit for the Interim Welterweight title back at UFC 144. With how stacked the welterweight division is, it would be tough to warrant an immediate shot for Nate.
All-in-all, it seems as if Dana is just playing the waiting game until both parties reach an agreement and the likely hold up is just when Silva will recover from his injury.
So when will Diaz fight Silva?
The 2015 Superbowl weekend appears to be when the UFC is interested in having the two fight. It's likely to be the main event of the card too, unless the UFC decides to add a title fight to the card as well.
That seems to be the perfect date for the UFC, especially with the two being two of the biggest draws in the UFC today. Superbowl weekend will only add to the hype and spectatorship of a fight that is bound to make them tons of money.
What about Nate Diaz?
There's no word yet on what Nick's return does for his brother, Nate, who has been declining fights left and right ever since he beat Gray Maynard late last year.
He's been bartering for more money from the UFC and despite UFC Lightweight champ, Anthony Pettis' injury and The Ultimate Fighter stint holding up him and Gilbert Melendez (the number one contender), there's been no look at bring Nate back just yet.
He'd been tipped for a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov but he was matched against 'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, before injuring himself 20 minutes later.
It leaves the UFC with a hole to fill, on what is one of the biggest cards of the year. Whether Nate will bite at the chance or the UFC will feed him more money to take the chance hasn't been made clear but with Nick's return, that can only mean Nate will be back soon as well.
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