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UFC on FOX 4 Interview: Dana White Puts the Kibosh on Diaz vs Silva

February 4, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Carlos Condit (left) fights against Nick Diaz (right) during UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Carlos Codit defeated Nick Diaz. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
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Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2012

Last week, Cesar Gracie prepared the MMA world for some major Nick Diaz news. Or, at least, he tried to build it up that way to get everyone excited. People were trying to figure out what Gracie could possibly have to say that would be so groundbreaking. 

What ended up being said was a bit of a letdown.

Gracie, speaking for Diaz, issued a challenge for Anderson Silva. And the crazy thing was that Anderson's management was totally into the idea. Why wouldn't they be? Diaz is super marketable and the fight would be guaranteed to do major business. 

Well, apparently not everyone is on board, including UFC president Dana White. Following the UFC on Fox 4 press conference, White spoke with Bleacher Report and attending MMA media, and the topic of Diaz vs. Silva came up. 

Like always White went straight to the point. 

"Nick Diaz makes no sense. I know that it sounds fun 'YEAH! Throw Nick Diaz in there!' But if you really look at the thing, Nick Diaz just lost to Condit. You know what I mean?" White told Bleacher Report, "at 170 so that gives him the opportunity to move up to 185 and fight the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world? In what f*cking universe does that make sense?"

He summed it up concisely on which fight he'd prefer for Anderson Silva.

"If you were really going to make a fight like that it would make more sense with George St. Pierre than it would with Diaz. I can tell you this, not theoretically, Diaz and Anderson won't happen."

I can't say I disagree with the UFC boss.

Nick Diaz just doesn't make sense as a viable opponent until he can put together a string of wins in the UFC. Heck, he shouldn't even be in the discussion until his suspension is up.

Until then, let's push for the more realistic fight between GSP and Silva. 

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