Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Officially Announced for January 31 UFC Event


Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Officially Announced for January 31 UFC Event

Appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White officially announced the anticipated bout between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos leaked the news on Twitter shortly before White appeared on camera:

After taping the segment, White confirmed the news on Twitter:

A bout between Silva and Diaz has long been rumored, dating back to 2012 when Silva's manager, Ed Soares, was holding out on a middleweight title fight with Chris Weidman. The whispers surrounding the fight have grown increasingly loud in the two years since, and with both fighters set to return from long layoffs following sound defeats, now is the perfect time for the fight.

Silva last fought at UFC 168 in December against Weidman. Weidman took the middleweight title from Silva, widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, at UFC 162 with a shocking knockout. An immediate rematch was booked for UFC 168, where Silva would lose again, famously breaking his shin over Weidman's knee while throwing a leg kick. How he fares after such a catastrophic injury at age 39 will undoubtedly be one of the biggest stories surrounding this fight.

Diaz last fought at UFC 158 in March 2013, as he squared off against then-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, losing via cut-and-dry unanimous decision. From there, Diaz more or less retired from MMA, but the California native has remained in the news through rumored fights with the likes of Carlos Condit and Hector Lombard

This also marks the first announcement regarding a UFC event on Jan. 31, 2015. The UFC has an event planned for Jan. 3, 2015 in UFC 182. Given the scope of the fight, this likely serves as the unofficial announcement of UFC 183.

Details are still breaking on this fight, so make sure to stick with Bleacher Report for more details as they become available.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 20 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC president Dana White confirmed to UFC Tonight that Anderson Silva will jump to the front of the line and earn a middleweight title shot if he beats Nick Diaz on January 31st. Apparently one of th read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 16 views

NSAC will bring out the "Big" gun on SuperBowl weekend. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for its second pay-per-view (PPV) event of the New Year, as the world's largest mixed martia read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 121 views

Anderson Silva once held the UFC middleweight title for 2,458 days, cementing his spot as one of the promotion’s greatest champions. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 6 views

Eeze normal. Jacare Souza? Luke Rockhold? Ain't nobody got time for that. At least nobody charged with making fights in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as promotion president Dana White reveale read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 15 views

Add UFC President Dana White to the list of people interested in a rematch between Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

The Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva trilogy has a significant chance of being a real thing. UFC president Dana White said Wednesday on UFC Tonight that if Silva defeats Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 i read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Veteran mixed martial arts referee "Big" John McCarthy will oversee UFC 183's middleweight main event between former champion Anderson Silva and returning star Nick Diaz. The Nevada Athletic Commissi read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 5 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission met on Monday and assigned the referee and judges for the UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz main event. read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 68 views

Watch the UFC 183 extended preview featuring Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. The final day of January will feature a highly anticipated, mouthwatering clash between former middleweight champion Anderso read news >>