What Is Silva Working With?
Even before Anderson Silva snapped his leg over Chris Weidman's knee, there were serious questions regarding the GOAT's level of motivation. Remember his weird walkout at UFC 168? How about him wanting to box Roy Jones Jr.? What about him wanting to join Brazil's Olympic taekwondo team for a spot in the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro?
For a long time, it was unclear whether Silva even wanted to keep doing this whole MMA thing. Now, at age 39, he's going to fight Nick Diaz, whose success is basically built upon breaking his opponent's will? After spending a good portion of 2014 unable to walk without assistance?
Even if question marks weren't aplenty regarding Silva's actual physical status, this wouldn't necessarily be an ideal matchup for him near the end of his career.
What Is Diaz Working With?
Nick Diaz has been called many things, and many things have gone wrong throughout his MMA career. That said, it's impossible to question his work ethic and dedication out of the cage.
The trouble with Diaz is and has always been his inability to make adjustments mid-fight. If Diaz can get into his range, keep applying pressure and keep landing punches, he can snowball his way to victory over anybody. If an opponent refuses to play into his hand, however, he is left flustered, frustrated and swinging at air.
Still, his cardio is among the best in MMA, and while Silva's legacy is well-secured, Diaz is still looking to maintain his relevance as one of MMA's biggest draws.