It appears like the former reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva still doesn’t have an opponent for UFC 212. During a press conference this week for the event, Silva even squared by himself to prove the point and revealed who he would like to fight next.
Initially, Silva was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212, but his opponent was flagged by USADA after failing a drug test for marijuana metabolites. Following the disappointing news, it was rumored that Luke Rockhold or Vitor Belfort would step in for the fight in June. However, Silva explained why he is not interested in fighting either of them at UFC 212.
I’m coming off a win (over Derek Brunson), right, after a long time without wins, so it doesn’t make sense to fight any of them because they are both coming off losses. It’s not something that will add anything for me. It doesn’t make sense.
I’m ready to fight whoever the UFC puts there. It doesn’t matter who that is, be someone who’s coming off wins and adds something to my legacy, otherwise it doesn’t make sense.
While Nick Diaz hasn’t been active lately and is coming off loses, Silva mentioned that he is definitely interest in a rematch with the Stockton badboy. Apparently, the offer is on the table with the UFC.
It’s something that was on the table ,too, it’s possible that it happens this fight with Nick.
I respect him, he’s an excellent fighter. It would be an interesting fight. It would be cool because this fight makes sense. The (first) fight was a no contest, so we’ll see. Anything can happen.
UFC 212 will be held on June 3, 2017 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event features a featherweight title unification match between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.