Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is now setting his sights on a return fight with Nick Diaz in his former hometown.
The MMA legend returned to the Octagon last night after a two-year layoff and faced rising star Israel Adesanya in an entertaining scrap at UFC 234.
The middleweight pair went to a classic three-round contest, but the returning Brazilian came up short.
Following a unanimous decision loss to the “Last Stylebender,” Silva is now eyeing a rematch with the Stockton slugger this May in Curitiba, Brazil.
The middleweight bout featuring Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva served as the main event of UFC 234 after the division’s king Robert Whittaker withdrew from his showdown against Kelvin Gastelum due to injury.
The MMA legend made a return trip to the Octagon after being sidelined for almost two years.
Silva last saw actions at UFC 208 in February 2017, where he coasted to a unanimous decision win over Derek Brunson.
Adesanya, meanwhile, has won all his four fights since making his debut early last year.
His last victim was the same opponent, but he finished the sixth-ranked middleweight quicker after a decisive first-round technical knockout victory at UFC 230.
On Saturday night, the two fighters with the same fighting style and finishing ability finally met in the cage, and they did not disappoint.
When the smoke cleared, it was Adesanya who emerged as the winner of the thrilling three-round contest.
The returning Brazilian lost via unanimous decision as ringside judges scored 27-30, 27-30, and 28-29 in favor of the Kiwi.
Silva may have come up short, but his vintage performance was enough to earn the respect of the MMA world including, of course, his younger opponent.
He showed no signs of rust and fought through three rounds, bringing out his old school tricks and cage antics.
Rematch with Nick
Silva may have lost the fight against Adesanya, but he showed that he still has plenty of gas left in his tank.
In the post-fight press conference, “The Spider” revealed that he would continue fighting because his heart beats for the sport.
Silva said he wants to return to his hometown in Curitiba, Brazil and lock horns with former rival, Nick Diaz.
“Now I have the chance to fight in my city where everything starts.”
“I talked to Ed, and I talked to my team, and I think it makes sense to fight Nick Diaz in Curitiba.
“Let’s go see.”
“I’m just waiting for Dana because it’s not time to make the decisions. Hopefully, I go fight in Curitiba.”
The Nevada-based promotion will visit Curitiba for the UFC 237 on May 11 at Arena da Baixada.
The former rivals first met in 2015 at UFC 183, where Silva came out with a unanimous decision victory.
But the win was later overturned to a no-contest after the Brazilian tested positive to banned substances.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz)