Anderson Silva took to his Facebook account today to speak on the subject of who he would like to fight next. In a post (translated from Portuguese), Silva specifically noted he has interest in rematches with current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping as well as Nick Diaz.
Silva (34-8) faced Diaz in 2015 and won the fight by unanimous decision, but Diaz later failed a post-fight drug test and the result of the fight was rendered a no-contest. Bisping and Silva faced off in a non-title fight in London in early 2016, a fight which Silva lost by decision. The decision was met by controversy, as Silva felt he had won the fight by knockout in the third round. Referee Herb Dean ruled that Bisping was saved by the bell, and the fight continued.
We are three great professionals, what makes the most sense at the moment, is not his fight with any other, but with me, regardless of belt. Regardless of the show, we respect each other, a new fight between us, would be a great fight of gentlemen.
Because with Nick, it was a No Contest, we have a story to tell, I’ll wait for you in Brazil.
And I’m waiting for you, Mr. Bisping, after your fight with GSP. Exterminate once and for all this doubt of the fans about who really won.
Silva’s hope is to face Diaz at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 3, then face Bisping at a later date. Bisping is expected to defend his middleweight championship against Georges St. Pierre this summer. Whether UFC grants the fights or not is the question. Diaz has not fought since that 2015 no-contest against Silva, and if Bisping successfully defends his title against St. Pierre, he has promised to fight Yoel Romero next.