Over the last few weeks both former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz have expressed their desire to meet inside the Octagon.
Despite Diaz being a natural welterweight, he has fought at 180lbs before, five lower than the middleweight limit. The Californian-native hasn't appeared inside the Octagon since March 2013, when he lost to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Title and announced his retirement after that fight. Nonetheless, a fight with former pound-for-pound king Silva could bring him back.
Silva has not fought since he broke his leg in his rematch against UFC 185lbs Champion Chris Weidman back in December. Prior to that, he lost his belt to Weidman in July by second round TKO.
UFC President Dana White seems keen to make the fight, according to MMAFighting.com, and commented:
"If that's what'll take to get Nick to fight again. I know (Silva's team) wants it, so we'll see what happens.
"No (I haven't spoken to either men). Anderson isn't coming back until December, anyway. End of this year or the beginning of next year. It could be either.
"I think it'd be tough for Anderson to make 170 (pounds). A few years ago he was saying he could do it, but I don't know about now. You're not getting any younger.
"Anderson wants to fight Nick. Nick wants to fight Anderson. Why would I say no?"
This would be the first 'super-fight' within the UFC since Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn met at UFC 94. A possible fight between both Diaz and Silva would be huge for the UFC. They are two of the biggest PPV draws, known for their exciting stand-up styles.
Both have been praised for excellent boxing and been linked for a possible move from the cage to the boxing ring to face multiple world champion Roy Jones Jnr.
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