The UFC are wasting no time announcing their biggest fight on the docket. The UFC announced the return of two of its biggest stars this week and have signed the biggest fight of 2014 on January 31 in Vegas.
[adinserter block=”1″]Anderson Silva is planning on making a miraculous return next year as he takes on Nick Diaz in a middleweight fight. The fight was signed shortly after Nick Diaz signed a new contract with the UFC a couple of weeks ago. Both fighters are coming off of a loss, one coming off of one of the most brutal injuries in UFC history.
I have to admit that I am surprised by this one. I never expected Silva to come back after suffering that horrific injury against Chris Weidman. It wasn’t the desire I questioned but at his age I never thought he would be able to rehabilitate to an elite level that quickly. That said, I can certainly understand why any athlete with the pedigree of Silva’s does not want his lasting image in the octagon to be of him collapsed and crying in pain.
Nick Diaz is a welcome headache for the UFC. You will rarely see Dana White put up with as much crap as he does from Diaz. Diaz brings an intangible that is currently missing in the UFC and that is personality. Nick is one of the best characters in the history of the company and probably the only one who can sell a fight these days. Forget about the fact that he got demolished by GSP in his last fight, the trash talking, tax evader is back!
The fight injects a much needed boost into the UFC. The UFC came into the year losing three of its top draws in GSP, Silva, and Diaz. While Ronda Rousey has been able to pick up some pieces, she can only do so much without any real competition in her division. 2014 has been the first year I can remember without a true, honest-to-goodness UFC super fight and no matter how you slice it, that has to hurt.
As for the fight I find it to be one of the most intriguing matchups in recent memory. The styles make a very exciting fight on paper. You have two guys here who are at their best when they are on their feet and vulnerable to the takedown. It is to both men’s benefit to keep this one up high and keep it a strike fight. It truly has the makings of an all-out war.
[adinserter block=”2″]We are still a long way away from Anderson Silva testing his wheels in an actual training camp. The progress has been remarkable but there is nothing like a gritty training camp. I won’t go as far as to say I’ll believe it when I see it, but I do have my doubts. If he can get through a training camp I don’t have any doubt that he’ll be ready to fight. I can’t imagine the Spider getting into the octagon and sacrificing himself to Diaz if he isn’t physically ready for the bout.
The bad news is that we have to wait six-months to see the fight. The good news is that the delay gives us six-months of Nick Diaz trash talking. It’s a win-win for everyone!