By: Chris Taylor
A clash between MMA superstars Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva could take place in the octagon according to UFC President Dana White.
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) has stated on record that he is interested in a fight with the Stockton Slugger, Diaz. “The Spider” has not competed inside the cage since UFC 168 this past December, where he suffered a horrific leg injury (broken leg) in his rematch with rating middleweight champ Chris Weidman.
Meanwhile, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) has been out of action even longer than Silva. The California native was last seen inside the cage at UFC 158 in March of 2013, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss in his title fight with Georges St. Pierre.
When asked what he thought of the potential fight, UFC President Dana White stated the following:
“Anderson isn’t coming back until December,” White said. “It’s far enough that I don’t need to talk to him yet. If Anderson wants to fight Nick, and Nick wants to fight Anderson, why would I say no?”
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By: Chris Taylor
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced yesterday that former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will face off against rating UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 24.
The news comes shortly after the unexpected ruling issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the ban of therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy. Due to the recent developments made by the NSAC, Vitor Belfort, Weidman’s previously announced opponent, will no longer compete at UFC 173. Belfort, who has previously been granted therapeutic use exemptions, recognizes that he needs an extended period of time to become licensed in the state of Nevada.
With the event scheduled to go on sale shortly, Belfort agreed to withdraw from the fight in order to allow the UFC’s promotional efforts to move forward on time.
“With today’s ruling by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who’s undefeated since dropping to 185 pounds, will fight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 173 in May,” UFC President Dana White said. “Machida was dominant in his last two fights, beating Gegard Mousasi and knocking out Mark Munoz. He’s earned this shot at Weidman, who’s coming off two straight wins over the greatest fighter of all time, Anderson Silva. Machida wants nothing more than to avenge the losses of his friend and training partner, and become just the third fighter in UFC history to win titles in two separate weight classes.”
According the “The Phenom,” he will face the winner of Weidman vs. Machida at a yet to be announced UFC event this fall.
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By: Chris Taylor
This past Saturday night, UFC fans witnessed one of the most gruesome injuries to ever take place inside the octagon, as former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered a broken leg during his attempt to win-back his title in the main event of UFC 168.
The horrific injury took place early in the second round when “The Spider” threw a leg-kick at rating champion Chris Weidman. The “All American” checked Silva’s kick, something he had failed to do in their initial meeting, causing Anderson’s shin to snap, and almost wrap completely around the leg of Weidman.
Second’s later, Anderson was on the ground screaming from the excruciating pain of the injury. The ref waived the fight off, and Chris Weidman was declared the winner via TKO. An absolutely disastrous end to what was an excellent night of fights overall.
Unfortunately, these types of injuries do occur in MMA. Just ask former UFC fighter, Phil Baroni, who suffered a very similiar injury just 7 months ago while fighting under the ONE FC banner.
Like Silva, Baroni is in his late 30′s, but the injury did not spell an end to the fighting career of the ”New York Bad Ass,” as 7 months later he is back to training and awaiting his next fight.
Whether or not Silva will make the same type of recovery, remains to be seen.
On Sunday morning, the UFC released an update stating that Silva’s surgery was a success and he will not need a follow up procedure on his fibula:
“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.”
It is not likely that the three-to-six months of recovery is a timetable for the former UFC Middleweight Champion’s return to the octagon. It will simply take three-to-six months for the bone to heal properly.
By: Chris Taylor
The biggest rematch in UFC history takes place this Saturday night at UFC 168 in Las Vegas, as current middleweight champion Chris Weidman defends his title for the first time agianst the man he defeated just 6 months ago, Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Incase you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, Weidman and Silva first met at July’s UFC 162 event in Las Vegas, where the “All-American” shocked the world by knocking unconscious the longtime middleweight champion.
Much has been said about the way the first fight went down. Many fans and analysts share the opinion that Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) underestimated Weidman the first time around, and believe that this second meeting will go very different.
However, Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) plans on proving that their first meeting was NO fluke, and that he is the dominant male at 185-pounds.
In addition to the middleweight title fight rematch, UFC 168 also features Ronda Rousey defending her UFC women’s bantamweight championship against her bitter rival Miesha Tate in the evening’s co-main event.
Rousey and Tate served as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: 18,” where they renewed the rivalry that began during their time spent under the Strikeforce banner. Rousey defeated Tate via first-round armbar to earn the Strikforce Women’s Title back in March of 2012.
The event also features a key heavyweight bout between former UFC champ Josh Barnett and Hawaii native Travis “Hapa” Browne. The winner of this match will likely take on Fabricio Werdum in a number 1 contenders bout for a shot to fight against current champ Cain Velasquez.
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