Originally Posted by ClydebankBlitz
Diaz Vs Silva is my dream fight considering that it'd be my #1 and #3 fighter going against each other stand up. Diaz can take punches as good as anyone else, but only when he's expecting them. Anderson's attacks are so unpredictable.
But not to push the boat out on noticing things, but I think Diaz has an alright chance. Bonnar quickly got Silva on the cage, and when Silva was moving his head, Bonnar was throwing at it. Diaz would be punishing the body a lot more, and I think it was against Maia (or Leites) where Silva got pretty gassed. If Diaz would punish him to the body, and somehow survive 3 rounds, he'd have a big oppertunity to take it. He'd also have better submission skills if the fight was ever taken down, but I think that's really irrelevent. The key element would be if Diaz could take the shots with his hands down low (like he has a million times before), or if Anderson hits as amazingly hard as he did against Bonnar and puts him away in as equally dominant fashion.
The difference is if Anderson hurts Diaz - since Diaz gets hurt pretty much every time he fights a serious striker - he'll finish Diaz. Anderson doesn't let people recover.
Anderson hasn't gassed in years and has never been tkoed in mma or any sport that I am aware of. Diaz really requires his opponents to let him push them back against the cage because his ability to cut off the cage is limited at best. Silva would do very bad things to Diaz. First round ko or tko.