Former Cage Rage, Shooto, and UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson “Spider” Silva (33-6) is set for a match-up with former IFC, WEC and Strikeforce Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz (26-9-1) in a bout scheduled for a January 31st showcase.
Both combatants were riding heralded winning streaks before both dropped to 2 straight losses on grand stages.
Diaz had spent almost 6 years away from the UFC and in that timespan he went 14-1-1 including an 11 fight win streak, before he was halted by two former UFC Welterweight Champions, Carlos Condit and Georges “Rush” St. Pierre back-to-back.
Silva is considered to be the “Greatest of all Time” for his winning streak inside the UFC where he won the Middleweight Title and held it for 7 years that included the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history at 10.
Then he fought Chris Weidman and the style that berated his opponents and was able to shatter their mental capacity failed Silva as he was knocked out cold in the 2nd round of their UFC 162 185 pound Title affair.
In the rematch, Silva lost again, this time via one of the worst live injuries to ever be witnessed in the history of sports. Anderson went for a leg kick that was checked by Weidman and Silva’s lower leg wrapped around Chris’s in a sickening rubbery course of events.
Since then, Silva has recovered and Diaz has come to contractual agreements with the UFC and today on ESPN’s Sportscenter, Dana White announced the pair would duke it out at the start of next year.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs (40-14) was set to duke it out in a UFC return bout with Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 in mid-September until today when he was cleaning a pistol and accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Riggs is riding a 6 fight winning streak and has most recently won the first season of the Spike TV show “Fight Master” where in the finale he defeated Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision.
More UFC changes as the organization has decided to cut ties with 5 fighters;
TUF 16 winner, Colton Smith (3-4) who had gone 0-3 after his time in the “House.”
Pat “Bam-Bam” Healy (29-20), the renown vet has gone 0-4-1 in his last 5 in the octagon.
Estevan Payan (14-6) had jumped the ship post-Strikeforce, like Healy, only to go 0-3 in the UFC.
Maybe the most questionable release is that of Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera (5-1) who lost in his only UFC bout against Royston Wee at UFC Fight Night 34 via unanimous decision.
Finally Chris Indich (5-3) has also been released after losing his only 2 UFC fights back-to-back.