UFC and MMA legend Nick Diaz returns to action at UFC 183, and contrary to what you may have thought, the Stockton bad boy won’t be looking to attack Anderson Silva’s leg. After “The Spider” snapped his leg against “The All-American” at UFC 168, it was hit and miss as to whether the former P4P topper would return.
Just 10 months later and Silva was back in the gym, and signs up to fight Diaz, who himself has been inactive for 18 months now. According to an interview posted by Yahoo Sports, Diaz doesn’t plan on attacking “The Spider’s” leg come January 31st:
“When someone tells you a fighter’s injured and they tell you to go after an injury, it really throws you off,” Diaz said. “It would be sad to lose a fight on account of, you’re trying to concentrate on capitalizing on someone’s weakness when it comes to injury and something like that, [rather than fighting] your fight without worrying about something like that.”
“I fought someone a long time ago,” Diaz said. “Someone came up to me and told me that [his opponent’s] knee was hurt, and he said to me, attack his knee, I’m like, ‘Yeah right, I’m not going out to attack this guy’s knee.’ It just doesn’t … it’s not realistic to go after his injury, unless they got a cut the same week, then it’s like, yeah, hit him in the eye, because the [expletive] is going to re-open and now you wouldn’t fight on the cut. Maybe on a cut you want to take advantage of it, that makes sense.”
Many fans are questioning Diaz’s motives for the upcoming clash with Silva, and his lack of trash talk and attitude towards the former champion is somewhat odd. He has shown bundles of respect for “The Spider” in interviews and media showings, and has said many times that he isn’t excited about fighting.
“He’s (Silva) a real nice guy and he has a mutual respect and we don’t have a personal issue with each other,” Diaz said of Silva. “We don’t have a personal issue with each other for now.”
Diaz was then asked if he would fight GSP upon his questionable return to the sport?
“If I do well and he comes back in the sport, why not?” Diaz said. “I see myself having a better run too, but, maybe just not being in Canada where you can just be on steroids, because they didn’t drug test me for that fight. I probably would have tested positive. So I know they didn’t test him. They don’t drug test in Canada.”
Nick Diaz, you crazy, crazy man. Never change…