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
UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown (19-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) is coming off a thrilling “Fight of the night” performance that saw him TKO Erick Silva in the third-round of their main event brawl earlier this month in Cincinnati.
Since earning his seventh consecutive octagon win, “The Immortal” has received call-outs from a handful of fighters, most recently Stockton Slugger Nate Diaz.
On yesterdays new edition of “UFC Tonight,” UFC President Dana White shutdown the idea of Nate moving up a weightclass to fight Brown:
“We never even considered that fight,” White said. “[Nate Diaz] has lost two of his last three fights, and Brown is on this unbelievable roll. Brown is a welterweight and has been fighting there a long time. He deserves a top contender.”
The Zuffa fight boss went on to say that if Nate’s older brother Nick was interested in coming out of retirement to fight Brown, that the UFC would do that fight:
“Listen, if Nick Diaz wants to come out and fight Brown, I’d do that fight.”
The ball is now in Nick’s court, whether or not he chooses to play remains to be seen.
One thing’s for sure, a Nick Diaz vs. Matt Brown match-up would have all the makings for a potential “Fight of the year.”
If the two welterweight sluggers do fight, who would you pick to emerge victorious?
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By: Chris Taylor
Following his second-round TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson was confirmed as the next title challenger in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.
“If Jones wins, we have a nasty rematch,” UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference. “If he doesn’t, then it’s [Gustafsson] and Glover Teixeira.”
Gustafsson faced Jon Jones in a previous title fight at last September’s UFC 165 event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Although “The Mauler” lost to “Bones” that evening via judges decision, many fans and media were calling for an immediate rematch after witnessing what was dubbed “Fight of the year.”
Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight strap against Glover Teixeira on April 26 at the UFC 172 event in Baltimore, Maryland.
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By: Chris Taylor
Earlier this week, Joe Rogan made some comments regarding a big announcement for women’s MMA and Ronda Rousey. He just wouldn’t give any details.
During this weeks media event in London, UFC President Dana White talked about the rumors that Gina Carano would be returning to action against Ronda Rousey:
“…I have literally avoided every conversation about this since Joe Rogan went on the radio show and speculation was Gina Carano. [Rogan] blew my whole week with that interview. There’s nothing done as far as [Ronda’s] next opponent. Joe doesn’t just go out and start making shit up, but he never said Gina Carano was coming to the UFC. He never said that.”
When asked about Carano’s contract status that the UFC bought when they acquired Strikeforce, the Zuffa fight boss had this to say:
“When you go on a hiatus, whether you’re injured or semi-retired, you’re still under contract. If you come back, you’re still under contract with us. So she is under contract with us, but I have no plans right now. If she wanted to fight in the UFC, of course. If Gina Carano wanted to fight in the UFC, we would definitely do it.”
(Transcription via mmajunkie.com)
If Gina Carano was to return to MMA, a match with Ronda Rousey would likely be one of this biggest fights in the organizations history.
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