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UFC news: Nick Diaz likely to fight Anderson Silva early next year

According to a July 24 report from MMA Fighting, MMA legend and former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz has decided to come out of retirement, as he signed a three-fight deal to compete under the UFC banner. Diaz, 30, says he would like to fight early next year, perhaps on Super Bowl weekend. As present time, the plan is to match Diaz up with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva in his first fight back.

Nick Diaz is likely to fight Anderson Silva in 2015
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Diaz vs. Silva would be one of the biggest fights in UFC history, since both men are among the most well-known names in the promotion. Even though Diaz and Silva are a combined 0-4 in their last four fights, it would still be a huge seller both at the box office and on pay-per-view. The plan is to have Diaz fight Silva on Super Bowl weekend 2015, but another intriguing idea is to hold the fight off until the UFC's historic UFC 200 card.

Diaz has lost his past two fights, falling short in an interim welterweight championship bout to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 and a decision to former champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158. Diaz fell short via unanimous decision in both his recent losses. As for Silva, he's riding a two-fight losing skid of his own. Silva lost twice in a row to standout New York wrestler Chris Weidman.

The stars are aligned for a collision between Diaz and Silva. Both men haven't fought in a while, and they both are also on course for a return in the middle of 2015. Technically, Silva should have the size advantage on Diaz. Silva, 39, stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds, while Diaz stands 6-feet-tall and weighs 170. Since Silva has the height advantage, Diaz might have a tough time getting inside and finding his range to box with the Brazilian legend.

Props to the UFC for realizing fight fans really want to see Diaz vs. Silva, and for doing what they needed to do to set up the fight to happen in the near future. Diaz wants to fight for the title, and so does Silva. Diaz vs. Silva could easily be a No. 1 contender fight to determine who gets the next crack at Weidman. No word yet on what weight the Diaz vs. Silva clash would be contested in.