"I'll tell you what, I think he 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 aint 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.'"
Diaz recently named Silva as one of a few men with a big enough name to lure him back into action. Calling it a fight he's wanted for a long time, Diaz considers the matchup with Silva to be 'potentially one of the biggest fights in MMA history.' While Diaz hasn't competed since his unsuccessful title challenge to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 last March, the 39-year-old Silva is recovering from a broken leg sustained in his rematch with middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December. Both men are on two-fight losing skids.
"His last fight, he had punches for [Weidman], but he didn't have no punches," said Diaz. "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."
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How run? Retired? After say all this shits about me,we need make this fight @sonnench— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) June 12, 2014
Reactions to Sonnen retiring.
Just heard about @sonnench, loved watching u compete n ur style, the game won't be the same w/o u...God bless to u n ur fam...— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) June 12, 2014
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 12, 2014
Just saw the news. @sonnench is one of the nicest guys I've met in this business. Wish him and his family the best.— Stipe Miocic (@smiocic) June 12, 2014
Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) June 12, 2014
It's a sad day. @sonnench retired.— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) June 12, 2014
I am sad Chael retired :( #SayItAintSo— Brittany (@BritJitsu) June 12, 2014
THE SPORT WILL MISS HIM @officialchaelsonner helped to promote ufc ,never trust a Man with no enemies... http://t.co/YWPFfcFjX8— Wallid Ismail (@WallidJfc) June 12, 2014
Get well soon.
@jonfitchdotnet We'll still get that 3rd one in. Good luck to you, who ever your opponent.— Joshua Burkman (@JoshBurkman) June 12, 2014
Diego is a warrior nothing but respect for him!! http://t.co/y46ZhaNMIY— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) June 11, 2014
Johnny Case (@HollywoodCase) June 11, 2014
Great if you haven't seen it.
Welp Just got to kidney punch and drop a guy on 100.3 The Sound radio show. First time doin that for... http://t.co/r3gZW6itSE— chad mendes (@chadmendes) June 11, 2014
Ben Askren (@Benaskren) June 12, 2014
Mexicutioner Imperial Stout.
I used to do this at parties.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Michael Shulsk.
Apologists vs. Contrarians
A Medical Doctor or specialist needs to weigh in on the issue of whether Anastrozole and Clomiphene are PEDs. Chuck Mindenhall calls people who defend Sonnen 'apologists'. There's nothing inherently wrong with being an 'apologist'. Perhaps we can label people who oppose Sonnen as 'contrarians'. Further research is needed to determine if Sonnen is a 'cheater'.
Chael Sonnen testing positive for the estrogen blockers Anastrozole and Clomiphene is a complicated issue. Various institutions differentiate between Banned Substances, Illegal Substances and Performance Enhancing Substances. The three are not mutually exclusive. Consider that Ibuprofen is considered a banned yet Legal Substance in the Olympics. In his interview with Fox Sports 1, Sonnen was quick to point out that Anastrozole and Clomiphene are not necessarily Illegal Substances. At present, the mma community is divided on whether Chael Sonnen is a hypocritical doper or a victim of circumstance.
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