Since it’s been a ridiculously busy month in the world of MMA, you might not have noticed that there’s been pretty much no trash talk sent Anderson Silva’s way by Nick Diaz. The two are set to fight on Saturday night at UFC 183, and it’s a highly anticipated scrap, but solely because of the abilities and fighting approach of both men.
Of course, if you’ve followed Diaz’s career, then you know the Stockton fighter isn’t shy about sharing what he really thinks of someone or something. Not every Diaz bout has been preceded by some sort of intense beef, but the renowned fighter has certainly been known to sling some insults his opponent’s way.
It’s kind of hard to pick away at Silva and criticize him, however, since most people view him as the greatest fighter of all time. Diaz has said in pre-fight interviews that he has nothing bad to say about the former middleweight champ, and both Silva and his manager Ed Soares have noticed.
While discussing Diaz recently, and the lead-up to this weekend’s fight, here is some of what Soares and Silva had to say (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“He hasn’t talked much,” said Soares. “He’s been very respectful.”
“I see all the time, Nick this, Nick that,” Silva said. “I don’t have problems with Nick. I think this fight is the best for martial arts. Nick has the technique, I have my technique. It’s the same conditions. Nick don’t fight for long time, I don’t fight for long time. I think this is a great fight for the UFC, for his fans, for my fans here, in Brazil, in the world.”
Now does any of this mean that this weekend’s bout isn’t going to be fantastic? Since there’s no issues here? No. No it doesn’t.
UFC 183 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, Tyron Woodley will battle fellow welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum.