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UFC 212’s Anderson Silva eyes Nick Diaz, Michael Bisping rematches to ‘exterminate any doubt’

UFC 183: Silva v Diaz Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

While it seems that most of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster is calling out Anderson Silva (see who here, here and here), “The Spider” has his eyes firmly set on other match ups. In particular, the former Middleweight champion wants several rematches down the road, taking to Instagram to call for do-overs against Nick Diaz and current 185-pound champion, Michael Bisping.

Check it out:

“We are three great professionals, what makes the most sense at the moment, is not his fight with any other, but with me, regardless of belt. Regardless of the show, we respect each other, a new fight between us, would be a great fight of gentlemen. Because with Nick, it was a No Contest, we have a story to tell, I'll wait for you in Brazil. And I'm waiting for you, Mr. Bisping, after your fight with GSP. Exterminate once and for all this doubt of the fans about who really won.”

Of course, Silva already has a win over Diaz, defeating the Stockton slugger via unanimous decision at UFC 183 back in 2015. The win, though, was clouded in controversy after “The Spider” failed multiple post-fight drug tests. As a result, his win was overturned to a “No Contest” by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

In his return from suspension a year later, Silva came up short against “The Count,” losing a unanimous decision to the brash Brit in what marked his fourth loss in five bouts. But, after getting back in the win column against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 a few weeks ago (see it), Silva wants to tie some loose ends. And he wants to do it in his come country of Brazil whenever Bisping — who has bigger fish to fry at the moment — and Diaz are ready and willing.

Until then, “The Spider” will have to shift all of his focus on Kelvin Gastelum, as they have been booked to face off against each other at UFC 212 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 3, 2017. That’s a rather ambitious schedule for the 41-year-old future Hall of Fame inductee. Then again, he feels he could continue to compete for another “seven more years.”

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