Anderson Silva is set to make his long awaited MMA return against none other than Stockton’s bad boy, Nick Diaz. The bout is scheduled for UFC 183, which takes place next year, giving both men plenty of time to train.
The Spider’s manager, Ed Soares spoke about Anderson’s desire to be the world champion again, and his hopes that a win over Diaz will put him in title contention.
“Well I just think it’s just a fight that makes sense,” Soares told Submission Radio. “I mean, arguable these guys are two of the best boxers in Mixed Martial arts, they both wanted to fight Roy Jones Jr, you know they’re both coming off two loses, they both have been out of the ring for over a year, so it’s just a fight that makes sense.
One thing that is common leading up to Nick Diaz fights is trash talking. Fans have seen it time and time again, but Soares says this time he believes Nick has no reason to trash talk Silva.
I think he’s prepared to deal with that, but I honestly believe that Nick Diaz is going to take a different approach. I don’t think Nick Diaz has anything personal against Anderson Silva. I think Nick Diaz looks at Anderson Silva as a true, real martial art challenge and he believes he’s got what it takes to be able to fight him. ”
“Most of the time Nick Diaz doesn’t start off with the trash talking. It’s normally somebody else that starts off with the trash talking and he kinda finishes it off. But Nick Diaz overall, I don’t see him much as a guy that starts off talking trash.”
Anderson hasn’t been inside the Octagon since December when he snapped his leg, forcing him into surgery, and putting his future in the Octagon in question. Silva hasn’t been champion however in over a year, something he misses according to Soares.
“I think that’s going to be the biggest motivation, just seeing Anderson back to what he once was. I believe that there got a point in Anderson’s career where maybe subconsciously he forgot what it was like not to be champ, and I think now he’s kinda looking up at that hill realizing that he’s got some more challenges to conquer.
“I think he’ll be back and he’ll go as far as he wants to apply himself to. I think if anybody can come back from an injury like this and come back and put that title around his waist again, if anybody in the world can do it it’s Anderson Silva. “