Anderson Silva wanted Nick Diaz's revenge, calling UFC to use legends to promote younger fighters

Before the finalization of his match against Israel in last November, Anderson Silva was leaning on a rematch with Nick Diaz for his next fight. “The Spider” also expressed his problems with the current trend in matchmaking in the UFC.

“I think the fight with Nick Diaz would be a very interesting, very interesting fight,” said Silva in Portuguese in an interview with Rap 77 (translation via YouTube CC courtesy of MMAjunkie). “Because our last fight, we both ended up being caught up in doping, and it was a no-contest, so in reality the fight did not exist.

“But I think Nick is a guy who has a name, a guy who has a history in the sport, and what we can not accept is to enter the UFC game of wanting to use the legends that young boys must promote.

Silva says he does not hesitate to fight the younger fighters today. His problem, however, is the lack of respect he feels and his fellow senior fighters are living.

“I also talked a lot with Nick and other athletes, we have no problem with fighting any of these children,” he said. “We do not have a problem, we just want to be respected for everything we’ve built in this sport, never in my initial trajectory, I’ve never called anyone, I’ve always let things happen naturally, and I think it can not be different.

“The UFC intends to promote new talents who do not have the charisma with the older athletes who have the charisma and who know how to operate the car when we were there.” And this is something that today’s children can not do. They go up there, they fight, they make good fights.

“But, once they open their mouths, they only say bullshit,” he added. “And they can not get charisma with the public, it’s useless to be a good fighter and not to be charismatic”.

Silva and Adesanya will be co-headline UFC 234, to be held on February 9thth in Melbourne, Australia.