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Don’t Be Scared, Homie: Nick Diaz Will Fight Anderson Silva If GSP Won’t, According to Cesar Gracie


(Diaz, seen here preparing the only gameplan that hasn’t been thwarted by Anderson Silva in the octagon yet. And no, that’s definitely not a hash pipe next to the dartboard. Props be to MiddleEasy.) 

Nick Diaz may be a shortsighted, virulent, pot smoking, press conference-skipping delinquent who didn’t go to college for buying houses, but damn it, we can’t help but love the guy’s “take on all comers” attitude when it comes to fighting. Blame it on the increased popularity of the sport, the ridiculous string of injuries, or whatever you want, but suffice it to say, the Diaz mentality of accepting fights is a fading one. It seems we can’t go a day without hearing that so and so turned down a fight with this guy, or that this champion will maybe fight this one under a ridiculous set of circumstances, and honestly, this prima donna nonsense has all but completely quelled our interest in seeing the “superfights” we would have killed for just a couple months ago.

But before you jump down our throats, we (or at least I) do not blame Georges St. Pierre for turning down the Anderson Silva fight. Because like GSP said, there are still several viable contenders in his division and he is just coming off an 18 month layoff. Plus, if Anderson wants to fight the smaller man, he should pony the fuck up and drop down to his weight class. And since Silva is (for whatever reason) dead set on fighting a smaller opponent next, Cesar Gracie recently threw Diaz’s name into the fold as a potential future opponent, because why the hell not at this point:

We’re pushing for the GSP fight. That’s what we’re going to push for, GSP or Anderson Silva. That’s the two fights that interest us the most, and that’s the one’s we’re going for.[Silva's] people are into it. We’re into it. The fans, I think, would be into it. We’ve got convince Dana about it now. Obviously the fight that makes sense to them, and I don’t disagree, is Anderson-GSP, and like I said, I would watch that fight. That would be great to watch. But let’s get real. If GSP just absolutely says no, then what? You can’t make a guy fight. That’s the thing. And Anderson, if they want to promote a superfight and if the stars align, I think Nick would be into it.

Of course, there are several outside factors that come into play when addressing the likelihood of this fight, the least of which being Cesar’s statement that “he thinks Nick would be into it.” Because let’s be real, no one knows what is going through Diaz’s mind. Ever. (Author’s note: I imagine it’s something like this).

Another deterring factor in this potential “superfight” (which isn’t really a superfight at all, quite honestly) would be that of Dana White, who completely shot the idea down when discussing it with Bleacher Report:

Nick Diaz makes no sense. I know that it sounds fun ‘YEAH! Throw Nick Diaz in there!’ But if you really look at the thing, Nick Diaz just lost to Condit. You know what I mean? … at 170 so that gives him the opportunity to move up to 185 and fight the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world? In what f*cking universe does that make sense?

All good points Dana, except for the fact that mere weeks after making these statements, you did the exact same thing with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, then declared that “fun fights are OK” when discussing Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar. So to answer your question: This universe, I guess.

I’m not saying Diaz should be rewarded for his past transgressions, but then again, when he appears to be the only guy willing to fight an invincible killing machine like Silva, how long can you turn him away? WILL SOMEONE JUST LET HIM BANG, BRO?!

It’s really too early to do anything but speculate, but I think the real question that comes out of all this is: If Anderson doesn’t get his superfight with GSP, then what’s next for him (aside from a string of cameos in shitty cop movies, that is)? He refuses to fight Jon Jones and he isn’t interested in the division he’s actually champion of, so where does he go from here?

-J. Jones

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RearNakedSpoon- November 28, 2012 at 4:19 am
@cman I guess hindsight is 20/20, the good shit is when you wake up in a church naked :P
cman- November 28, 2012 at 1:52 am
Not a Diaz fan but he did beat penn. of course penn fought the dumbest fight he possibly could at a higher weight class than his best.
4time stchamp- November 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm
Where in the he'll does Cesar get super fight with Nick Diaz? You got to be dominating to be in a super fight.. I would like for Ceasar or any nick nut hugger to answer me one question. And no if's or buts.. Name me a top 10 ,,,hold on better yet name me a recent top 20 fighter that Nick has beaten??
FightZen- November 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm
Does it count as a "take all comers" attitude if he just tries to worm his way into big money fights?
cman- November 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm
He didn't duck Miller, he heard BJ had better weed.
unhappy_meal- November 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Braulio Estima anyone? Why does everyone conveniently forget that Diaz was responsible for the biggest puss-out of the past year? Good gawd, he even ducked Jason Miller...
RSparrow- November 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm
@Guapo, every time Nick Diaz is mentioned on this site it is a requirement that you act accordingly. Well done.
Also, Silva has way too much control, I understand his accomplishments but he has become Dana's boss.
RearNakedSpoon- November 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm
INB4 Silva uses Diaz excuse against Mayhem by saying he isn't relevant enough to fight.

Let GSP have his way with Diaz before feeding him to Silva. Daley had Diaz kissing the canvas, Silva will do much much worse.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm
I'm holding out for Struve vs. Benavidez. It's got fight of the year written all over it.
cman- November 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm
I'm ok with this, especially if the rest of the 209 rush the cage to save him once it goes Anderson's neo to the 209 smith. Watching Nate get hit with a street sign recently ripped out of concrete to clear the concrete off would be epic. Watching Caesar wonder why he can't infect neo (silva) and get smacked for even better.
El Guapo- November 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm
"I dunno, y'know. It's like, yeah, I'd fight Silva. But I'm not like, I'll only fight him because GSP won't, y'know. Whatever, man. You saw my face after the Condit fight. And you saw Georges' face after the Condit fight. So yeah, it's like, I dunno, y'know."
Casa de los pantelones- November 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm
Are you on crack, Diaz would get abused by Silva...2nd round and that's a wrap folks. And you know he would be talking shit too, taunting Silva...I don't like Silva, but we've all seen what happens when he gets to motivating and starts to unscrew the lid off the can of whoop ass.

Silva would start to giggle like a school girl once Nick starts his gay little pitter patter punches, then throw a donkey punch infused, cyber galactic, vitamin C laced whirlwind punch...followed by a kick so well placed it must have come from a mind blessed with the gift of strategery...then...sink in the plum, wail away at his midsection with inferno comatose knees, and when the pothead bends over in pain, his nose gets Franklined.

Diaz has a better chance of becoming a public speaker, winning the lottery without even buying a ticket and winning a fields medal for advanced hyper drive chaos math.
ArmFarmer- November 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Dana can never dismiss a fight as being ridiculous again after he made Bonnar vs Silva happen.
algiersheadkick504- November 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm
I would make a bet that anderson cant finish diaz...he can beat him in the octagon but wouldnt finish diaz he would finish gsp under 3 rounds
Fried Taco- November 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm
I don't think Nick should be able to fight Silva right away. He needs a tune-up fight first. My suggestion? Dave PeeWee Herman.
The12ozCurls- November 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm
What kind of fight are we talking about? An actual MMA sactioned bout or a fight over who gets the last Chocodile or a little scrap over whether they are going to watch Dazed & Confused or Nice Dreams. Please clarify Freddy.
Fried Taco- November 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Whoa, dude, I didn't even think it through that far! I just figured they could fight over who gets the last hit on the bong. But then they'd be like, fuck it, light up another one, dude! Does IHOP even host MMA events?
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