Nick Diaz wanted an opportunity for a big fight, so UFC president Dana White gave him one.
Now, just hours away from one of the biggest main events in recent UFC history, the focus has turned to the actual matchup between the two icons of the sport.
White thinks there are many factors that make this fight interesting and unique.
?The fact that Anderson Silva has been out a year, and why he has been out as long as he?s been out — he broke his leg in half,? White said. ?It?s such a gruesome injury, and on top of that, he?s 39 going on 40 years old.?
For Diaz, White said that the former Strikeforce champion is always fun to watch.
?Nick is tough, he?s gritty, he?s always in the fight — but Nick saw this as a huge opportunity,? White said. ?He wanted this fight, and because he wanted it, Anderson gave it to him. Anderson is looking to come back, get a win, and get back on track. He wants to test his leg out and see how he does in an actual fight.
?Diaz is looking to capitalize on possibly the mental weakness right now of Anderson — the layoff, the age, everything. It?s very interesting.?
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