The UFC delighted fans with the announcement that two of its most popular fighters, Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, were returning to the cage to face off in one of the closest things to a superfight we’ve seen since Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva.
Now comes the anticipation. Six grueling months of anticipation.
What Is Silva Good At?
Silva has been competing at an elite level for so long that pretty much everyone knows his game by now.
He has a seemingly inhuman ability to slip punches (unless you’re Chris Weidman), a diverse kicking game he can chain into brilliant combinations (unless you’re Chris Weidman) and a clinch striking game that makes even the most fearsome wrestlers a bit reluctant to get close to him for a prolonged period of time (…unless you’re Chris Weidman).
Few fighters can compete with him standing, and we’ve seen many times over what happens when they attempt to do so.
What Is Diaz Good At?
While fans have long heard of Diaz’s shenanigans, few are legitimately familiar with his striking game. He has rare combination work in MMA and expertly mixes body work and head shots in order to soften up opponents.
Against the cage, he literally uses his head to block opponents’ movement, allowing him to batter them. Top it all off with amazing cardio, and you have a brutal high-volume puncher who wilts foes with his inimitable pressure.
Who Has the Edge?
Diaz’s technical prowess is underappreciated for sure. … But this is Anderson Silva. Even at age 39 and coming off brutal losses, it’s hard to imagine him being beaten standing by anybody.