Anderson Silva has been looking better every time we've seen him since undergoing surgery to repair a broken leg, which he suffered in his last fight against Chris Weidman in December last year.
According to Anderson's manager, Ed Soares, the former UFC middleweight champion's return to mixed martial arts competition is a certainty and, although he has said he's aiming for a 2015 return, there's still a chance we could see him back before this year is out.
"He's definitely coming back," said Soares. "He's feeling good, he's training hard. Everything is good, man. Hopefully we'll see him back. We won't see him back any earlier than the end of this year or, most likely, the beginning of next year."
Regarding who Silva could face upon his arrival back inside the Octagon, Ed dropped a few names which would be of interest. One which stands out as something sure to generate interest is a certain former Strikeforce champ and Stockton resident.
"There's Michael Bisping, there's Cung Le. Even Nick Diaz," Soares said on The MMA Hour. "Nick Diaz has said he's wanted to fight him before. Nick Diaz wanted to box Roy Jones Jr. You could argue that Nick Diaz and Anderson probably have some of the best boxing in MMA, so we'll see what happens. Like we all know, so many things can change, the landscape of the sport can change so much in such a short amount of time."
Nick Diaz is another man we haven't seen fight for quite some time - not since March of last year, in fact, when he lost a decision to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158. Nick is currently semi-retired but has stated he'd be willing to come back for a big-money fight, so an international MMA superstar like Anderson Silva could be just the fighter to draw Diaz back into the cage.