Nick Diaz was on Inside MMA this week to talk about his return to the Octagon against former longtime middleweight champ Anderson Silva taking place at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Vegas. Diaz talked about bringing in rangy Glory middleweight kickboxing champ Artem Levin to mimic Anderson’s style and why it took him so long to return to fighting. He also discussed whether or not he’s been told he’ll get a title shot if he wins, as well as his training and activity in triathalons.
On whether or not he will stand and trade with The Spider, the Stockton brawler was noncommital. “I’m definitely not in it to prove anything,” Diaz said. “I didn’t just wake up and say I want to fight Anderson Silva. It’s just kind of the way it is and I’m just going to do what I gotta do. We’ll see how it goes. I got to get out there and fight and see how it goes.”
Oddsmakers have Anderson Silva the favorite at -400, with Nick Diaz at +325. Do you agree with their assessment or will Diaz’s pressuring style overwhelm The Spider?