The long anticipated superfight between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz has finally been announced by the UFC for January next year.
The two fighters have been stirring the pot for months now, especially Diaz, and ever since Diaz signed a new deal a week ago, the rumour mill has been abundant with Diaz-Silva superfight talk.
UFC President, Dana White took to ESPN's SportCenter to announce the major news and revealed that the two fighters will fight at UFC 183 - their first show of 2015.
Whether or not the fight would take the main event has yet to be confirmed, as more rumours are abound that Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler are looking to fight at the 183 event as well.
The Diaz-Silva fight is more than capable of carrying a card though and would be the first non-title fight main event since Rashad Evans beat Dan Henderson at UFC 161 back in June last year.
The fight itself
This is a fight that has had fans salivating for a while but due to Silva's responsibilities as Light Heavyweight champion and Diaz lacking the glory to make the fight - it's taken a while for it to happen.
Diaz left the UFC last year after losing to Georges St-Pierre and proclaimed himself retired but always stated that he would come back if he either got a new contract or got a rematch with St-Pierre or a match with Silva.
He finally has his wish and perhaps there is no better time for him to be fighting Silva, who is on the road to recovery after suffering a horrific leg break in his rematch against Chris Weidman.
Silva has said previously that he doesn't have any interest in fighting for championships so expect fights like these to happen more and more for the 39 year old Brazilian.
It might be the same for Diaz, however, a fight with Rory MacDonald, one of the top welterweight contenders and St-Pierre's protege, was tipped as one of his potential bouts upon return.
Maybe that fight happens after Silva, but for now, Silva is the focus and those two are sure to draw huge numbers for the UFC as they look to start 2015 with a huge bang.
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