Ed Soares, who has helped direct the MMA career of Anderson Silva for years, doesn’t believe “The Spider” will be forced to compete in verbal battles with Nick Diaz outside the Octagon.
Silva will return to action this January against the former Strikeforce champion at UFC 183. Diaz, also making his long-awaited return, is known for stirring up fighters before they square off.
“I think he’s prepared to deal with that, but I honestly believe that Nick Diaz is going to take a different approach,” said Soares, during an interview with Submission Radio. “I don’t think Nick Diaz has anything personal against Anderson. I think Nick looks at Anderson as a true, real martial art challenge and he believes he’s got what it takes to be able to fight him.
“Most of the time, Nick doesn’t start off with the trash talking. It’s normally somebody else that starts off with the trash talking and he kind of finishes it off. But Nick Diaz overall, I don’t see him much as a guy that starts off talking trash.”
Last December, Silva suffered a broken leg in a loss to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. It marked the second straight defeat for the Brazilian to Weidman and left him on the road to recovery.
“He’s doing great,” Soares said. “He’s throwing kicks, he’s doing everything.”
Soares also feels that the MMA world will be impressed with Silva once he comes back, as he has witnessed his friend return to his roots. After dominating the 185-pound division for years, Silva oftentimes appeared disinterested in fights.
“I think that’s going to be the biggest motivation, just seeing Anderson back to what he once was. I believe that there got a point in Anderson’s career where maybe subconsciously he forgot what it was like not to be champ, and I think now he’s kinda looking up at that hill realizing that he’s got some more challenges to conquer.”