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Nick Diaz Not Retired, Wants Anderson Silva, Says Manager

(I’m just playing, MMA. You know I love you)

We never expected Nick Diaz to stay “retired,” after he lost a close decision to Carlos Condit and got popped and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for marijuana metabolites early in the year. So when Diaz manager/coach Cesar Gracie released a written statement on Friday that Diaz will, in fact, return to fighting it just confirmed the obvious.

However, Gracie had another timely bombshell to announce – Diaz would totally fight Anderson Silva, and Diaz’ camp will make the request of the UFC. “‘Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP [Georges St. Pierre], possibly even at a catch weight,” Gracie wrote. “Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.”

As audacious as the challenge might be, from a rankings and match-up perspective, Diaz’ timing might be pretty good. Anderson Silva’s camp doesn’t seem enthused about the champion fighting any of the current middleweight challengers, saying they want GSP. But GSP has never seemed very interested in fighting Silva and besides, we’d expect him to fight the interim welterweight champ, Condit, first when he returns to action.

Diaz is much smaller than Silva and doesn’t own a belt, but on the other hand we can only imagine how well he’d sell that fight. Additionally, he might be the only other guy that we could expect not to be afraid of Anderson.

Diaz has been unsuccessful in appealing to Nevada’s Attorney General and to the NSAC for leniency in his year-long suspension but Gracie says that they are seeking remedy in court. ”To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year,” Gracie wrote.

He also said that he will be meeting with UFC President Dana White on August 6th to discuss Nick Diaz’ future. What do you say, nation – should Uncle Dana be open to the idea of UFC 160: Stockton vs. Curritiba?

-Elias Cepeda

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virpz- July 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Diaz is great, one of the best JJ guards out there, great takedown defense, very nice jabs and a solid chin. Yeah, AS will kill him .
IronClad- July 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm
I like Diaz but he's just looking for a payday. He couldnt handle Condit and thinks he's got a shot at A.Silva? Dude...Silva would be the first to seriously knock out Diaz.
fishtaco- July 30, 2012 at 12:47 am
lets do this dont be scared homie, were you at georges
bladdiator- July 29, 2012 at 11:47 am
Diaz gets the fight...can afford best training ever and comes in highly motivated...makes the fight and pulls off an incredible upset...then...wait for it...tests positive post fight and fight is ruled no contest
BEAM- July 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm
Diaz vs Silva? Sign me up! This could be the first fight where not a single punch is thrown and all five rounds are spent taunting each other.
RwilsonR- July 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Who thinks this would be anything but a blow out, with Diaz KO'd in under 3 minutes? Diaz lost to Condit because he was beaten to the punch by a person who used angles, speed and footwork to frustrate him. All areas in which Anderson is as far beyond Condit as Condit is beyond Tank Abbott, only shows Diaz will get killed on the feet (see also: round 1 with BJ before BJ inevitably gassed, and Diaz's first fight with the non-muffin-topped KJ Noons). Diaz also has no wrestling ability to use his bjj on Anderson, and to the contrary has shown a willingness to get rag-dolled in the clinch by people without the stength Anderson has there. This is only an interesting fight in that it will be fun to watch Diaz get killed, but otherwise, not very interesting. Nevermind Diaz isn't even close to deserving a title shot.
I say bring Marquardt back and have him fight Diaz. Redemption fight for both.
Mir please break Brocks neck- July 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm
***** Im SHOCKED NONE OF YOU even thought of THIS match-up! Forget Anderson VS Nick...........HOW ABOUT NICK VS. CHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the two biggest mouths in the UFC FIGHT!!!!! Im tellin' ya! Sonnen VS Diaz! Diaz loses either way to either opponent....but damn! DIAZ VS SONNEN!!! Do this one instead of Silva!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thumbs up if you want this fight!!!!
Crow42- July 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm
Should be a great fight
WARBONG- July 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm
NomadRip- July 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm
I would love this fight. Diaz would lose, but it would be fun.
tonylima1- July 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm
I am A Diaz fan plus i have to cheer for the fighter from the USA all day .....
dranokills- July 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm
holy shit, if this fight happened I would be cheering for's the apocalypse!
Sopapo- July 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm
What are we discussing here? Anderson Silva might just be the bes counterpuncher. Bad match up for Diaz, A.Silva would play the Condit part but only better.
I would watch the fight thou.
ArmFarmer- July 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Pointing out that Diaz has been rocked by shots that would ko most people, recovered, and won, doesn't really mean he stands no chance against a hard hitter. Him and his bro, they have one hell of a chin on them. I think it'd be a great fight, however I also have to agree that he wouldn't be able to bully silva like he does and would probably be on the receiving end of a tko around the 3rd round.
bitteralex- July 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm
striking not stinking
bitteralex- July 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm
I would actually like I see this fight... compared to any other option out there anyways... Diaz still loses this fight though... let's not forget that Paul freakin Daley damn near knocked him out a couple times... Paul Daley... now look at Anderson Silvia's stinking... this won't work out well for the 209
cman- July 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm
@fat. Actually when that occurred mayhem had just lost to shields (questionably) and Diaz was spouting a ton of noise. It made sense.
As for this fight: silva would kill him. Literally. I wouldn't know who to boo but I do know this would be ugly. Diaz striking requires opponents who wist to stand and trade. Spider slips and hits VERY hard. I think we would see Diaz stanky leg out.
fatbastard- July 29, 2012 at 8:59 am
and if there are no viable contenders in the division in the foreseeable future, is it right to stay in the division and and continue to providing mediocre / boring fights. or step up/down a weight class where the competition is?
fatbastard- July 29, 2012 at 8:39 am
I suppose... but it would have been a strikeforce event, considerably smaller revenues at a time when all those guys wanted to get into the ufc.... as for Silva, i would agree with you that that's probably the way the fight would go down. but is it just me that thinks the hype around Silva is a little unwarented? we saw it with Fedor, Brock lesner ect. they all seem unbeatable till someone comes along and demolishes them, then they never win a fight again. let me ask you this, who do you think would be a good contender tor Silva?
paperplane- July 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm
He should probably have a fight at 185 before Anderson
danomite- July 28, 2012 at 11:44 am
I can't stand either one of these two guys but I'd love to see this fight.
paskhl- July 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm
I'm with you on that one man...
angry little feet- July 28, 2012 at 10:50 am
I'm totally good with this. Make it happen Uncle Dana!
smellypiratehooker- July 28, 2012 at 10:37 am
Interesting? Yes. But I would see this going down much like his fight with Leben.
Casa de los pantelones- July 28, 2012 at 10:29 am
R.I.P diaz...if that fight ever happened. Diaz will def. put pressure on Silva, like Chael, but Diaz likes to strike. If he thinks his pitty pat punches in bunches is going to hold up against the best striker...gunna be a short night for Stockton.
ChiefWiggum- July 28, 2012 at 10:07 am
I think Diaz has a good chance to beat him. Gracies would love to show their jiu jitsu is still the best.
fatbastard- July 28, 2012 at 10:02 am
That would be a f'n good fight, Diaz would at least bring the fight to Silva.. Silva's had an easy ride in the UFC they put him against bums like Forrest Griffen and Patric Cote...i mean,....??.. i guess chael is a decent fighter,,, but honestly, he kind of came out of nowhere.
RearNakedSpoon- July 28, 2012 at 9:49 am
That's one hell of a poker face considering his refusal to fight Mayhem at 185 or catch weight...
I did call for it before, so sure, why not?
fatbastard- July 28, 2012 at 11:20 am
why would he fight mayhem... the fight would bring in about 274 dollars... cus everyone knows mayhems a hack.... anyway mayhem was fired from the ufc cus he cant win a fight.