Posting a note on his Instagram page, the former UFC’s middleweight champion expressed a desire to face a couple of familiar names — Michael Bisping and Nick Diaz. The 41-year-old Silva said that either fight would bring fans a sense of resolution.
Somos três grandes profissionais, o que faz mais sentido neste momento, não é a luta dele com qualquer outro, mas sim comigo, independente de cinturão. Independente do show, nós nos respeitamos, uma nova luta entre nós, seria um grande combate de cavalheiros. . Até porque com o Nick, foi um No Contest, temos história pra contar, te espero no Brasil. . E aguardo você Mr. Bisping, depois da sua luta com GSP. . Exterminar de uma vez por todas esta dúvida dos fãs sobre quem realmente venceu. . 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.
Silva fought Diaz at UFC 183 in Las Vegas, which was originally a unanimous decision victory. However, the decision was overturned into a “no-contest” after it was revealed that he had tested positive for a banned substance.
Bisping is slated to defend his title against Georges St-Pierre sometime in the second half of 2017.