Report: Dana White Calls Proposed Bout Between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz “Ridiculous”
By FCF Staff
Nick Diaz’s hopes to fight UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva have been quickly dashed by Dana White, as the UFC President has reportedly called the proposed bout “ridiculous.”
Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie recently announced that the fighter is finally ready to return to action, and that further, the highly regarded welterweight is interested in fighting Silva. According to a report from MMA Junkie today, however, White has relayed that the bout “is not going to happen.”
The UFC President cited Diaz’s loss to current interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit in February, and the fact that he hasn’t fought yet in the UFC middleweight division, as some of the reasons why the bout won’t take place.
White also reportedly relayed that if a “superfight” were to take place at all, a bout between current welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and Silva would be more likely. GSP is scheduled to fight Condit on November 17th.
After the aforementioned, unanimous decision loss to Condit, the 29 year-old Diaz announced he was leaving the sport. The Stockton fighter was also suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing his post-fight drug test afterwards, and cannot compete until February, 2013.
Diaz’s initial appeal, citing in part, the fighter’s prescription for medicinal marijuana, was denied by the NSAC.
Silva’s manager Ed Soares recently stated that the proposed bout between Silva and Diaz was an interesting idea, however, it appears that the bout is a non-starter at this juncture.