Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva? Not happening says Dana White

Nick Diaz said he was done with MMA after losing a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in February, but his trainer Cesar Gracie wrote last week that Diaz is looking to return to the sport.

In a posting on his website last Friday, Gracie stated that Diaz wanted to challenge Anderson Silva:

Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

Diaz is currently under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following the fight (I guess he’s not as good at beating tests as he thinks he is), but he and his team are appealing the year-long suspension.

Whenever he does get cleared to return to the UFC, he won’t be fighting Silva.

“I can tell you this, not theoretically – Diaz/Anderson is not going to happen,” UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie. “That’s just ridiculous.”

White pointed out that Diaz lost to Condit at 170 pounds, so jumping to 185 to face Silva doesn’t make sense. White also seems to be leaning toward a GSP-Silva fight should he set up a superfight for the Spider. That makes more sense. Diaz is still considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, but he needs to prove it once again by getting a win first.

Jon Jones avoiding Anderson Silva so that they don’t lose endorsements

Jon Jones and Anderson Silva have both made it clear recently that they’re not interested in fighting each other, but Jones recently gave a reason that will make fans sick.

In a phone interview with the LA Times, Jones gave two legitimate reasons for not wanting the fight.

“First of all, I will never go down in weight,” Jones told The Times. “Second, I have no interest in fighting Anderson Silva. He’s a guy I really look up to.”

Both of those reasons were understandable, but it’s what Jones said on ESPN Radio 710 with Max & Marcellus that will disgust those who want to see them fight.

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Anderson Silva, Jon Jones not interested in fighting each other

Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones has become MMA’s version of Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, and much like Pacquiao-Mayweather, this fantasy fight is unlikely to happen.

After Silva took it to Chael Sonnen last weekend, the media began asking Spider if he had interest in facing current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Silva’s English isn’t that good, but he understood what was being asked and immediately began shaking his head like a young child being asked if he wants to watch a horror movie before bed.

“Nope,” was Silva’s simple response.

Jones expressed similar feelings. He’s scheduled to face Dan Henderson in September and doesn’t envision a matchup with Silva after that.

“First of all, I will never go down in weight,” Jones told The LA Times’ Lance Pugmire. “Second, I have no interest in fighting Anderson Silva. He’s a guy I really look up to.”

Silva is comfortable at 185 and has no interest in moving up. Jones has no interest in moving down, and if he beats Hendo, he should be concentrating on moving up to heavyweight so he can face some real challenges in the octagon.

Fans shouldn’t worry too much; a new superfight will come along that will captivate everyone. After all, it wasn’t long ago when GSP-Anderson Silva was the dream fight, and look at how that turned out.

In a separate issue, Jones expressed similar feelings and said he and Silva have too much to lose.

Chael Sonnen’s coach reportedly planning to appeal Anderson Silva knee

Chael Sonnen dismissed the suggestion that a key knee from Anderson Silva at UFC 148 last Saturday was illegal, but one member of his team apparently feels differently.

Sonnen’s coach Scott McQuarry told MMA Junkie that Silva’s second-round TKO was an “injustice,” and that he’s planning to appeal the decision.

“Obviously, there were minor infractions of grabbing shorts and greasing himself up,” McQuarry said. “But the knee to the face … I’ve looked at it from numerous angles. I can see where it hit his face. It did slide down to his chest. But that should be considered a no-contest.

“What I’m looking for is a rematch.”

Sonnen’s manager told MMA Junkie he hadn’t heard about the appeal and thought McQuarry was making it up. McQuarry says he’s contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to initiate the appeal.

The debated knee came after Sonnen whiffed on a spinning back fist and ended up on the ground. The knee went to Sonnen’s chest and hurt the fighter, making it tough for him to defend himself against several blows to the head that eventually resulted in a TKO. Dana White said he and others reviewed the knee after the fight and determined it was legal because it went to the chest, not the head.

Sonnen refused to blame his loss on the controversial knee.

“I hate those rules anyway,” Sonnen said after the fight. “I’m an old school guy before we had rounds and weight classes and all that stuff. We’re in a lot better spot now, so I don’t propose we should go back to that, but I don’t care about legal or illegal.

“I could see him, I could see it coming. That’s just the way it goes.”

Maybe this is the strategy Sonnen’s camp is using to generate buzz for a third fight. Given that the beef between the fighters was squashed last weekend, there might not be too much interest in another battle between them.

Anderson Silva beats Chael Sonnen then invites him for Brazilian BBQ

Anderson Silva beat Chael Sonnen by second-round TKO in their rematch at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, and their beef was finally squashed.

The fight started off just like the first four and half rounds of their first fight with Sonnen taking down Silva and dominating him on the ground. In the second round, Silva avoided a takedown and capitalized after Sonnen fell to the ground on a missed spinning backfist. One knee to the chest and several punches to the head later, Sonnen was done and the fight was stopped with Silva retaining his UFC Middleweight Championship belt.

After all the crap talking that was exchanged from both parties over the years, the beef finally ended. Silva sought out Sonnen during his post-fight interview, put his arm around his foe and offered some praise.

Silva said there was no disrespect between the two and that their fight was just sport and just the UFC. He asked the Brazilian fans in attendance to applaud Chael for his performance, and then according to his translator, he extended an invitation.

“If you’d like to have a barbecue at my house, I’d love to have you over,” Silva said.

Sonnen called Silva a “true champion,” after it was all over, and he said in the post-fight news conference that he could go for some barbecue.

Though Sonnen is 0-2 in his career against Silva, he has won 5 of the 7 rounds against him. That’s not a bad accomplishment considering Silva is 32-4, has won 16 straight fights, and is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. MMA fans can thank both men for putting on another great show.

Anderson Silva bumps Chael Sonnen at weigh-in (Video)

Given how contentious things have been leading up to the UFC 148 main event between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, it’s no surprise that there was an incident at the weigh-in.

As the fighters came face-to-face, Silva bumped Sonnen with his shoulder. The bump could be considered bush league, but when you’ve endured years of the kind of crap Sonnen talks, that sort of reaction is to be expected.

Many people also figure that any skirmish at a weigh-in is staged to build publicity, but it’s pretty obvious from Silva’s out-of-character comments two weeks ago that he heavily dislikes Sonnen.

This is just one more reason why fans should be stoked for this heavily-anticipated rematch.

Thanks to LBS contributor Alan Hull for the heads up.

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Chael Sonnen makes some changes to UFC 148 promotional poster (Picture)

We had to wait nearly two full years, but the highly-anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen has finally almost arrived. As UFC fans can tell you, the first meeting between the two middleweights was an extremely bizarre fight, with Sonnen dominating Silva for four rounds before Silva abruptly submitted him in the fifth. Sonnen later tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

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