For Nick Diaz, the weight-disadvantage he’ll like have against Anderson Silva in January will not be an issue.
Diaz, who will return from a self-imposed retirement to kick-start the new year, talked about his weight and return during a conference call with reporters recently. The bout is set to serve as the main event for UFC 183 in Las Vegas.
“I’m getting a little older, but I always thought I could fight at a catchweight at 160, or fight at 170, 185, maybe even 155,” Diaz said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “I’m pretty heavy and I naturally don’t really have a hard time gaining weight. I put on a lot of miles and a lot of work just to get down under 185 pounds. It can be pretty rough making 170.”
Diaz (26-9) is a former Strikeforce champion and one-time contender to the UFC welterweight title. He lost each of his last two, falling via decision to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit, and now walks around at 200 pounds, making the middleweight cut to 185 an easier one.
“I think that’s one of my strengths,” he said. “I could probably fight, at a time, at any weight. I’m not bigger than I used to be now. I’m pretty heavy and I naturally don’t really have a hard time gaining weight.”
The last time Diaz stepped inside the Octagon was March 2013, while Silva fought in December of last year. “The Spider” has dropped his last two fights, as well, falling to Chris Weidman both times.
UFC president Dana White commented that a win over Silva could propel Diaz into a title shot, but the fighter didn’t want to make any promises.
“Day-by-day, fight-by-fight,” he said (thanks to UFC.com for the quotes). “I was looking for the biggest fight I could get myself into. That’s what I’ve done since I was 18 years old and I got into the UFC. I don’t enjoy fighting. Definitely not.”