Ahead of their main event match at UFC 183, Nick Diaz had some advice for his opponent and it’s clear Silva isn’t going to take it.
Known for his ability to trash talk before matches, Nick Diaz recently spoke with FightHub.com and said that Anderson Silva needed to improve his punching ability as that is what cost him in his two losses to Chris Weidman.
“I’ll tell you what, I think [Silva] should fire his trainer and hire himself a boxing trainer that teaches him how to put punches out,” Diaz told Fighthub. “I don’t talk no s**t. I ain’t trying to talk no s**t. Of course he’s got as many fights as he wants to have, but people saying s**t like, ‘He should retire. He’s not going to be the same.’ I’m like, ‘Fire your coach and get somebody to train your punches.’
“His last fight, he had punches for [Chris Weidman], but he didn’t have no punches. Know what I’m sayin’? That was the key. Putting punches out there but [Silva] had no punches for that guy. So then he started lobbing kicks out there and you saw what happened to his leg. He didn’t have no answer for it.”
Silva never responded to the comments until yesterday’s press conference in Rio de Janeiro where he told the media that he didn’t want to involve himself in any of Diaz’s pre-fight antics and warned his opponent to maintain a professional demeanor prior to the fight.
“I think my work has nothing to do with my personality, but I don’t like to be disrespected as a man,” Silva said. “I think you need to have respect as an athlete and as a man. If he disrespects me, things are going to happen as they need to happen.”
Tags: Anderson Silva, Mixed Martial Arts, Nick Diaz