Today we can at least scratch one name of the potential list of fighter’s who could fight Anderson Silva next, after UFC president Dana White dismissed talk of Nick Diaz facing the champion.
“Nick Diaz makes no sense, OK?” White told reporters at today’s ‘UFC On FOX 4’ press conference. “I know that sounds fun, ‘Yeah! throw Nick Diaz in there!’ If you really look at the the thing, Nick Diaz just lost to Condit, at 170, so that gives him the opportunity to move up to ’85 and fight the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? In what f*ckin’ universe does that make sense?
So that’s a no then?
“Diaz-Anderson is not going to happen. That’s just ridiculous.”
Silva’s representatives are pushing hard for a fight with Georges St.Pierre next, and if the welterweight champion defeats Carlos Condit in November then White admits it is a fight they’d like to make.
“That’s what we’re thinking. But anything can happen,” pointing out that at the moment it’s all just theoretical.
Given that Diaz is apparently out of the question due to his last loss then you’d have to think that will also rule out the potential of Rashad Evans moving down to 185lbs to face Silva as well since he’s coming off an unsuccessful title bid against Jon Jones.
Silva’s team have also apparently turned down the chance to fight Chris Weidman, so as it stands they appear to be putting all their eggs into one basket, and that means we’re unlikely to see the middleweight kingpin in the Octagon again until sometime in 2013.