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Cesar Gracie has a flair for the dramatic, and when he announced that Nick Diaz will be returning and actually wants a superfight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he certainly lived up to his reputation. Personally I think it's ridiculous, but hardly surprising coming from Gracie or Diaz. Gracie went into more detail in an interview with Middle Easy, stating that it's not about jumping the line for a title shot - it's about a superfight (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"Why Anderson? Because Anderson is a huge name. He's talking the talk that is kind of what we're talking about. He's talking about doing superfights. He's talking about the things that Nick's been talking about that Nick did when he was with Strikeforce that Nick is into. That's why. And he's exciting and just a great fighter. He's talking about catchweights, he's talking about exciting fights that people want to see instead of being limited to fighting, you know, if this is your weight class, if this is the number one contender, this guy did this, this guy did that. We're not interested.... people are thinking now, 'Why does Nick want to fight this guy? Why does Nick get a shot at the title?' It's not about the title. If he was at 185, we don't want the title. Nick isn't trying to be disrespectful to other great middleweights out there on campus and want that. There are a lot of great middleweights that are at the front of the line for a title shot. This is about fighting and a superfight."
Gracie also says some other interesting stuff in the interview, the two most controversial points probably being that "no one cares about Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit" and that "Anderson Silva thought Diaz beat Condit" in their bout. Anderson's manager Ed Soares is playing along though, at least for right now. He sent out this tweet over the weekend:
There's not much chance of this actually happening, and it's all a bit silly to be honest. But, much like the GSP/Silva superfight that's been talked about forever, I'm sure we'll continue to hear about this for a while.