UFC 183: Anderson Silva Expecting “Best Standup Fight of All Time” vs. Nick Diaz
By FCF Staff
Although Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz won’t throw down until January 31st next year, the UFC’s marketing machine for the bout is already kicking into high gear.
Silva participated in a media call on Friday to promote the UFC 183 headliner, and the legend revealed that he is “95%” recovered from the broken leg he incurred in December.
While discussing his upcoming bout with Diaz, the former middleweight champ stated (quote via MMA.Fighting.com):
“I believe that it’s going to be the best standup fight of all time in the UFC,” said Silva. “I always pay attention to the best fighters in the UFC and the fighters that could one day be my opponents. I never imagined I would fight Nick Diaz, but I watched his fights because I think he’s an excellent fighter. He has a good jiu-jitsu, an excellent boxing, and I think it’s going to be a great fight. If he doesn’t try to grab me and stall, it’s going to be the best UFC fight ever.”
The 39 year-old fighter also said that if he earns another chance to fight for the title he “would do it”, before adding that competing for the belt isn’t a priority “right now”.
Silva is coming off consecutive losses to reigning middleweight champ Chris Weidman, while Diaz has been decisioned by Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre in his last two outings.
UFC 183 will be hosted by a venue to be determined in Las Vegas.