Nick Diaz UFC 129Nick Diaz has decided to opt out of retirement, signing a three-fight contract extension with the UFC on Thursday. The target is for him to return to the Octagon in early 2015, which would align perfectly with a possible fight against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Neither Diaz nor UFC officials stated that a fight with Silva was in the offing, but with Silva recently saying he wanted to fight Diaz upon his return, and his return currently targeted for the same early 2015 timeframe, it would only make sense.

Diaz hasn’t fought since losing his bid to upset then-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in March of 2013. After that fight, Diaz said he was pretty much done fighting unless there was something big on the horizon that could draw his interest… namely big money fights.

Silva would be just such a fight, and Diaz believes he would match up well. It’s a fight he’d be interested in if he doesn’t get his wish for another title shot, which UFC officials aren’t likely to grant Diaz in his first fight back.

“I’d like to fight for the title,” Diaz said on UFC.com. “I think that would be a big deal and worth fighting for. I want fights that will lead to a title fight. Whoever is in line and whoever has the title, that’s who I’m going to be fighting.

“I’d be interested in fighting (Anderson Silva) and anything that’s going to do well,” he continued. “As far as Anderson Silva, I think that would be a great fight for people to see because he has my type of style.”

Although he hasn’t fought in close to a year and a half, Diaz said he’s ready as soon as the appropriate fight is made.

“Next year I guess (is the target for his next fight), whatever though. I can fight tomorrow; tonight,” he said. “You have to do what you have to do. (I came today) to sort things out with Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta).”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

After the Octagon: After finding self, Frankie Perez helping others in retirement

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 views

Frankie Perez shocked the world when he retired immediately after winning his first UFC bout. But since then he hasn't gone far from the sport - all the while helping to make the difference in the li read news >>

Back from the Brink, Ray Rodriguez Thanks Cowboy Cerrone for His Career’s Second Life

  • 18 days ago
  • 12 views

Back from the brink of retirement, Ray Rodriguez has UFC veterans Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Leonard Garcia for a second shot at his fighting career. read news >>

UFC 198 Countdown Video: Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall

  • 18 days ago
  • 67 views

Go inside the training camps of a legend and rising star as they prepare for UFC 198: former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall. read news >>

Anderson Silva Forced Out of UFC 198, May Require Surgery

  • 16 days ago
  • 363 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been forced to pull out of his UFC 198 bout with Uriah Hall. read news >>

Anderson Silva Pulled from UFC 198, May Need Gall Bladder Surgery

  • 16 days ago
  • 33 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not participate in UFC 198 on Saturday. On Tuesday, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports cited UFC President Dana White in reporting that Silva will not fig read news >>

Anderson Silva Underwent Successful Gall Bladder Surgery

  • 15 days ago
  • 33 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva underwent successful gall bladder surgery Wednesday morning, his manager told MMAWeekly.com. read news >>

Dana White State of the UFC Video: Not for Sale, Anderson Silva Surgery, UFC 198, and More!

  • 15 days ago
  • 33 views

Dana White joined Colin Cowherd to breakdown all the fast moving UFC news, from the possible sale of the UFC, Anderson Silva's surgery, record crowds in Brazil, and more. read news >>

UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic Odds, Predictions and Pre-Weigh-In Hype

  • 15 days ago
  • 17 views

Even with Anderson Silva's removal, UFC 198 is shaping up to be a massive show, and everything will build to Fabricio Werdum's UFC Heavyweight Championship defense against Stipe Miocic. Yahoo Sports' read news >>

UFC Issues Statement on Anderson Silva’s Surgery and UFC 198 Withdrawal

  • 14 days ago
  • 67 views

UFC issues official statement on Anderson Silva surgery and removal from Saturday's UFC 198 fight card. read news >>

Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson Inks New 8-Fight UFC Deal

  • 10 days ago
  • 27 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has signed a new, eight-fight deal with the UFC. The 29-year-old broke the news on Monday during an appearance on The MMA Hour. read news >>