Which not coincidentally, is right around the time Anderson Silva gets back.

From UFC.com:

The first name that came up was UFC legend and former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, who has been linked to a Diaz super fight for months now. It just so happens that "The Spider" will be back about the same time Diaz is looking to return.

"I'd like to fight for the title," Diaz said. "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."

Diaz said Silva's kickboxing style will make for a good fight because both fighters can push the pace and give the fans what they want to see: a stand up war.

But Diaz also said it's Silva's lack of punching prowess that has gotten the former champ in trouble in his last two fights.

"I think he has a little bit more of a kickboxing style. I think people have pointed that out to him, especially the way he lost his last couple fights," Diaz said. "He's working on that now, and he has a lot of work to catch up on as far as his punching. Usually with my style, people have a hard time. You have to come forward if you're kicking and stuff. You got guys that are moving in and out, but I work hard. I don't jump in and out. You can wind up all indecisive out there."

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