Diaz vs. Silva: It's Going to Be Fun, but Will It Be Competitive?

Fun fight.

Superfight.

Competitive fight?

Since the fight gods sent their messenger down from the mountains to announce Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva last week, there's been plenty of postulating on how the bout could be categorized.

Everyone knows that it's going to be a fun bout, a meeting of two of the sport's great personalities who also happen to be two of the most uniquely talented strikers in the game.

Diaz, with his tireless pace, inherent ruthlessness and lashing fists, against Silva's calculated backward steps, each one spinning a web to end with a finishing blow from one of eight incredibly deadly limbs.

Many would argue that it's a superfight, the first of its kind since perhaps Georges St-Pierre and B.J. Penn met a second time at UFC 94.

That's a term that's often thrown around too loosely and has historically been reserved for champion-versus-champion bouts (that almost never come to fruition), but with two of the promotion's biggest stars coming together here, it may very well apply.

But who can say for sure that it's going to be a competitive bout? For however long it lasts, it's sure to be enjoyable as a viewing experience, but it's hard to know what the MMA world is signing up for when it watches.

For all his promotional bluster, star power and in-cage savvy, Diaz has lost two straight and will be nearly two years removed from his last fight by the time he meets Silva. He's moving up from welterweight, where he's relatively undersized, to fight a man who has fought multiple times as a light heavyweight and never lost there.

On top of that, he's a stylistic delight for Silva, willing to walk forward until he wipes you out or he's vanquished trying. A lifetime of perfecting the art of counterattacking has equipped Silva with the tools not only to vanquish, but to vanquish in a fashion that usually finds its way onto highlight reels and video game covers.

The only questions that people have about Silva are his leg, last seen in two pieces as he was carted from the Octagon on a stretcher, and his age. How will those two things affect his performance, and have they robbed the sport of the Great Anderson Silva?

Diaz vs. Silva: Will it be competitive?

No one can say for sure, but it's not unreasonable to imagine that if his leg weren't capable of handling the rigors of the fight game, he wouldn't be cleared to compete by a doctor. It's also not unreasonable to suggest that, at 39-years-old, Silva isn't in his athletic prime anymore but is still good enough to perform at a very high level.

You don't go from the greatest ever to totally horrible overnight, and even with the injury layoff, it's hard to imagine Silva getting trounced by a smaller man who happens to be styled to play right into his hands.

They're all hypotheticals at this point: What will Diaz look like as a middleweight with two years of his prime spent on the sidelines? What will Silva look like at his age and after his devastating injury? What sort of kinetic poetry will they create when the gloves are touched (or not...probably not) and the brawl begins?

Nobody knows.

That's what makes it fun.

That's what makes it super.

If the right version of Anderson Silva shows up, though? There's reason to believe the world will know pretty quickly that it isn't competitive.

Follow me on Twitter @matthewjryder!

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bruce Lutchmedial Sprawling and Brawling Towards Titan FC Championship

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Bruce Lutchmedial has known for years that he was going to be a professional fighter. Now, his target is the Titan FC title and a trip to the UFC. read news >>

Tim Kennedy Announces His Return to the Cage… and ‘It’s Going to be Big’

  • 18 days ago
  • 78 views

After nearly two years out of the Octagon, Tim Kennedy is set to return... and "it's going to be big." read news >>

UFC 202 Could Make Nate Diaz the Richest Loser in MMA History

  • 10 days ago
  • 265 views

UFC 202 is going to be quite the spectacle. Once the lights dim and leather meets chin, things are going to build to a frenzy by the time Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor rematch at centre cage. And it d read news >>

When Ronda Rousey Returns, It’s Going to Be Biggest UFC Pay-Per-View Ever

  • 4 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC president Dana White said that when Ronda Rousey returns, it will be the biggest pay-per-view event in company history. read news >>

Nate Diaz Video: Conor is Going to the Hospital, I’m Going to a Party with Nick (UFC 202)

  • 9 days ago
  • 419 views

After his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 202, Nate Diaz took a dig at McGregor, who was off to the hospital, while he was off to party with his brother. read news >>

UFC Declines to Match Offer, Rory MacDonald Likely Headed to Bellator

  • 6 days ago
  • 63 views

Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald appears to be headed to Bellator MMA. read news >>

Nick Diaz Reportedly Jumped at a Las Vegas Night Club

  • 6 days ago
  • 418 views

UFC fighter Nick Diaz was reportedly involved in an altercation at Hyde, a nightclub in the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas, on Tuesday night. read news >>

Nick Diaz Reportedly Jumped by 4 Men, Involved in Las Vegas Nightclub Incident

  • 5 days ago
  • 761 views

UFC star Nick Diaz was reportedly jumped by four assailants outside a Las Vegas nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning. TMZ report that a representative from the Hyde venue said Diaz used read news >>

VIDEO: Nick Diaz, Recently Back from Suspension, Feuds with USADA

  • 15 days ago
  • 55 views

So, Nick Diaz is fresh off of an 18-month suspension. But just days removed from the end of his exile, Diaz is already embroiled in a bitter battle with USADA. read news >>

Nate's Turn: The Divergent Paths of The Brothers Diaz | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 58 views

For years, Nick Diaz was the darling of MMA fans but in the space of a few months his younger brother Nate has taken the spotlight. We compare and contrast MMA's most famous siblings. read news >>