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Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva: Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Cody GuinnContributor IIIJuly 28, 2012

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva: Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    Yesterday, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz announced that he was no longer retired, which surprised very few. Then, Diaz did surprise many as he called out the current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

    Diaz might be best-known for always coming to fight and even though it seems controversy always surrounds the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter, there is no questioning that he is one of the most exciting fighters in MMA today.

    As for Anderson Silva, what hasn't he done? Coming off his second-round knockout of rival Chael Sonnen, it seems Silva isn't interested in facing any of the current middleweight contenders. 

    So, with that, it sets up this so-called "super fight" perfectly. While there are a few obstacles Diaz and the UFC will have to overcome to create the fight, why not go ahead and look at the MMA head-to-toe breakdown between Diaz and Silva?

Striking

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    When it comes to pressure and chins, Nick Diaz is one of the best in the world. 

    When it comes to just about everything else with striking, it doesn't get much better than Anderson Silva.

    Silva's pinpoint accuracy makes his punches, elbows, knees and kicks so deadly. What's even scarier is Silva also has underrated power.

    Anderson Silva has the ability to finish the fight anywhere the fight takes place on the feet. 

    How would Silva handle the pressure of Diaz, though? Sonnen's constantly pressured Silva with wrestling and that caused Silva a lot of trouble in their first fight as well as the first round in their rematch at UFC 148.

    In a battle between a pure accuracy striker and one of the best "punches in bunches" strikers, it's hard to imagine Silva ever being at a disadvantage on his feet.

    Advantage: Anderson Silva

Wrestling

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    Neither fighter is much of a wrestler and both have had trouble in the past against wrestlers.

    In this case, Silva is the fighter who is more likely to attempt to drag this fight to the ground to counter the pressure of  Diaz.

    While the fight will likely not stay on the mat for long, the advantage in wrestling will likely go to the champion.

    Advantage: Anderson Silva

Grappling

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    In a classic battle between Team Blackhouse and Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, grappling is a major question mark.

    Both men are BJJ black belts and very skilled submission artists, it'll just come down to who uses their submission skills better.

    While this one is nearly a toss-up for me, I believe Diaz is much craftier with his submissions while Silva is more of the fallback submission fighter.

    Advantage: Nick Diaz

Strength and Conditioning

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    Anderson Silva is a savage, no doubt about it. But one major concern for me is if his arsenal of strikes will stay intact against the constant pressure of Diaz.

    Both men are extremely well-conditioned athletes, but there might not be another fighter in the world with the conditioning of Nick Diaz.

    Whether the fight is held at middleweight or catchweight could play a factor for both men, but either way, I see this being no problem for Diaz.

    Advantage: Nick Diaz

Experience

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    Both men have faced the best of the best and been around for a long time.

    While all categories have been close, this one may be the hardest to choose. 

    Silva holds victories over Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Demian Maia, Yushin Okami, Dan Henderson and two wins over both Rich Franklin and Chael Sonnen. Not to mention the majority of these victories have been for the UFC Middleweight Championship.

    On the other hand, Nick Diaz has wins against Frank Shamrock, Takanori Gomi, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley and B.J. Penn and is the former Strikeforce welterweight champion.

    In the end, the championship experience of Silva gives him the edge.

    Advantage: Anderson Silva

Prediction

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    It's odd how Anderson Silva fans get so mad at this statement, but Silva is beginning to get up there in age. While it's not shown that much in his most recent fights, numbers don't lie.

    Why else would he be turning down fights with the younger middleweight contenders?

    People who say he is scared are crazy, because Silva is right...there is no real accomplishment in stating that he defended his championship against Chris Weidman or Michael Bisping.

    Silva wants the best and he wants to fight champions. A fight with Nick Diaz is just what the doctor ordered, but it may not be what Silva fans want.

    Silva ate a ton of punches in his first matchup against Chael Sonnen, but Silva continued to fight on. Let's be honest, though. Sonnen doesn't have the greatest punching power. Nick Diaz will hit Silva even more and even harder.

    In a week, Diaz will turn 29 years old and will just be entering his MMA prime while Silva is 37 and nearing retirement. Silva will go down in history as one of, if not the, greatest MMA fighter of all time, but he will go down against Nick Diaz.

    Prediction: Nick Diaz defeats Anderson Silva by fourth-round TKO.

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