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A five-round matchup between Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
UFC President Dana White today revealed the bout will enjoy a headlining role for what is expected to serve as UFC 183. A specific venue for the card has yet to be announced
“The fight that the fans have been waiting for, the fight that the fans have been screaming for … we have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Jan. 31 in Las Vegas,” White said today on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “It will be the main event, and it will be five rounds.”
White informed MMAjunkie the contest will take place at 185 pounds.
Silva fights for the first time since this past December’s UFC 168, where “The Spider” suffered a horrific leg break that looked as if it could potentially end his incredible career. Instead, the 39-year-old has been steadfastly focused on a return to the cage, and White said doctors recently cleared him to return to action.
“Anderson Silva feels great,” White said. “It will be a 13-month layoff. … He’s 100 percent healthy. He’s kicking. He feels great, and he’s chomping at the bit to get back in the octagon. He’s very excited for this fight.”
Before a pair of bizarre 2013 losses to Chris Weidman, Silva reigned over the UFC middleweight division for nearly seven years and was widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
Meanwhile, Diaz fights for the first time since March 2013. The fiery fan-favorite has been on hiatus since that time, enjoying a semi-retirement while considering his future options. The veteran brawler recently signed a new contract with the UFC, and White said a victory at UFC 183 could potentially see him involved in a future title shot.
“If (Diaz) comes in and beats Anderson Silva, absolutely, he could fight for the title,” White said. “He’s right in there. It would be a huge, huge win for him.”
UFC superstar Nick Diaz has come out of retirement and has signed a three-fight contract extension in hopes of returning to the Octagon in early 2015.
Diaz, who has been out of action since March 2013, has hinted at a return in recent months if either a road to a title shot or a super fight opportunity presented itself.
The Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt said the time off has helped him reenergize, and he is now ready to fight.
“I’ve been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff,” Diaz said Thursday afternoon at UFC headquarters. “I’ve been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot of running. It’s been a good experience having this much time off.”
The target for Diaz and the UFC is to get him back in the cage early next year, but the confident 30-year-old fighter said he’d be ready to fight tomorrow.
“Next year I guess, whatever though. I can fight tomorrow; tonight,” he said. “You have to do what you have to do. … [I came today] to sort things out with Dana White and Lorenzo [Fertitta].
Retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Nick Diaz is back in the headlines, after showing his face at last weekend’s (Sat., June 21, 2014) GLORY double-feature in Inglewood, Calif.. That’s where he ran into veteran reporter Loretta Hunt.
Ran into Nick Diaz last nite at Glory. Good mood. Said he hoped to be fighting again by new year; trying to work out contracts now
— Loretta Hunt (@lorettahuntmma) 22 junho 2014
Diaz is notorious for teasing his comeback, despite UFC President Dana White’s insistence that he continues to turn down fights. Probably because the former welterweight number one contender only wants to compete for the title, or mix it up with “big fights” in other divisions.