When Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz enter the octagon on January 31, 2015, it will be the most unlikely superfight anyone could have ever imagined. Rico Gathers Jersey . At the peak of the superfight matchmaking era, the former middleweight champion Silva was mentioned among former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as possible opponents. Diaz wasnt ever mentioned. Fast forward to todays UFC, where Diaz has become one of the sports biggest draws and the once-invincible Silva is coming off off two straight losses and a career-threatening injury. For the former Strikeforce welterweight champion Diaz, who has lost two straight UFC welterweight title fights and subsequently retired after each loss, there is everything to gain from this fight - including another shot at gold. But for Silva, this fight - No. 3 of the 10-fight contract he signed in 2012 - gives Silva the opportunity to re-cement his legacy. Silvas fighting future was thrown into question when his shin snapped around the leg of middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December. "The pain was absurd. I only thought one thing: Is it over? Will I ever walk again? Am I alright?," Silva said in an appearance on Brazilian television station Rede Globo. In the octagon, it was his second consecutive loss to Weidman after a record run of 16 straight wins and 10 title defenses dating back to the start of his UFC tenure in 2006. Outside the octagon, the then 38-year-old was facing a lengthy layoff and a daunting recovery. "This will be a tough thing to overcome and come back from at his age," UFC president Dana White told reporters at the post-fight press conference on Dec. 28. "He literally left here (MGM Grand Garden Arena) and is going straight into surgery." But after less than six months of recovery, Silva (33-6) was officially cleared to begin sparring again in June. A month after that, Silva was booked in the main event for the UFCs flagship event on Super Bowl weekend. There is no doubt that "The Spider" is arguably the greatest fighter of all time, but Silva has become complacent at different points throughout his career, chipping away at his greatness. There have been times Silva has been too playful in the octagon with his opponents, drawing criticism from fans, other fighters and White - see his UFC 112 bout with Demian Maia. His nonchalant behaviour, and perceived lack of respect for his opponent, cost him in his first bout with Weidman. Coming off a dominating, and overly playful, knockout of UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar, Silva did more dancing and feigning injury than he did fighting against the relatively untested Weidman. As the history books show, Weidman made Silva pay, dearly. In Diaz (26-9, 1 NC), there will be no fooling around. If there is anything "The Stockton Bad Boy" is known for, its his scowl not his smile. After his last loss in 2013, Diaz said the only two matchups that could bring him back to the octagon were a rematch with St-Pierre and a date with Silva. Diaz got his wish just days after signing a three-fight contract on July 25. If that wasnt motivation enough for Silva, then Diazs plans to use him as a stepping stone definitely should be. "Id like to fight for the title," Diaz told UFC.com before the superfight was announced. "I think that would be a big deal and worth fighting for. I want fights that will lead to a title fight. Whoever is in line and whoever has the title, thats who Im going to be fighting." With a win over Silva, White told Bloody Elbow on Wednesday Diaz would earn consideration for a shot at the belt. "Nick Diaz is a very popular fighter as it is. If he comes in and beats Anderson Silva, absolutely, he could fight for a title. He is right in there. It would be a huge, huge win for him," White said. Diaz may have more to gain from the superfight, but it is Silva who has much more to lose. Having a target on your back for the better part of a decade is taxing enough, the question is will Silva return to being a predator or is it the 39-year-olds time to be the prey? "He is 100 percent healthy," White said. "He is kicking again, feels great, and is chomping at the bit to get back in the octagon." Anthony Brown Jersey .Y. -- Sore nose and all, Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help Pittsburgh beat Buffalo 5-3 on Friday night, snapping the Penguins mini-slump and slowing the Sabres late-season surge. Tyrone Crawford Jersey . 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And if anyone has the audacity to question the five-time champion and 16-time All-Star, they better be ready for a challenge. Bryant put on a show in Thursdays practice and vehemently expressed displeasure with words that belong in an R-rated movie or the mouth of a sailor. He described them as Charmin or soft like the name-brand toilet paper, and knows the 2014-15 season has been in the toilet with a 6-16 record. Theres still a chance to revive the season, but it doesnt appear possible even with a spry Bryant in the twilight of his career. Wearing practice gear and talking with a swagger, Bryant sorts through defenders toward the hoop: gawkers to one side; wannabe defenders, curious onlookers and more amazed teammates on the other. More teammates and coaches watch elsewhere, impressed he still has it. Bryant, who said he enjoys practice more than the game unlike former Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson, thrives on testing his teammates. I just challenge guys, see what happens, Bryant said Thursday. I always believed in throwing them in the pool and seeing if they can sink or swim. The only one swimming is Bryant and it has to be difficult for the future Hall of Famer with nobody else around him. Any so-called basketball expert knew the Lakers would struggle coming into the season. Jeremy Lin has been benched, veteran point guard Steve Nash and talented rookie Julius Randle are done for the season and Jordan Hill is the second leading scorer with 13.0 points per game behind Bryants 25.5 ppg. Carlos Boozer is now coming off the bench and is third with 12.5 ppg. Bryant can fire up, insult or compliment his teammates as much as possible, and its not going to reflect in the standings. He recently had breakfast with Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, leading many to speculate whether Bryant is courting the assist machine. Lets face it, the Lakers would still struggle with Rondo on the team unless the NBA decided on a whim to send Los Angeles to the Eastern Conference. Perhaps Lakers legend and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has a point when he said the team should tank the season. I hope the Lakers lose every game, Johnson said. Because if youre going to lose, lose. And Im serious. If youre going to lose, youve got to lose, because you cant be in the middle of the pack. You either have to be great, or youve got to be bad to get a good pick. Johnson should mind his own business and remain focused on improving the Dodgers. He has the right to his own opinion and should keep it quiet. Time is running out for Bryant and who knows how many years remain for the Black Mamba. He cann still score and is proving that on a nightly basis, and is also a great teacher, leader and mentor. Tony Romo Jersey. Bryant said Thursdays practice was good because he not only let his teammates know how he felt, but he spilled some secrets on how to score and defend. The Lakers should be soaking up any tidbit of information Bryant shares. I think he just did a great job of getting everybody else fired up, Lakers first-year head coach Byron Scott said. Hes always fired up. Thats the great thing about him. Hes such a competitor. Like I said, when he comes out and he practices, the intensity level in practice goes sky-high. And he challenges guys. Its what you should do. Today, (the reserves) responded by getting their butt kicked. Scott went on to say Bryant brings out the best in guys, including trash- talker and reserve guard Nick Young, who went back-and-forth with Bryant during the heated practice. Whether it pays off Friday night in San Antonio remains to be seen. Los Angeles will start a three-game trip against the defending champion Spurs. We know its going to be a tough trip. Anytime you open with San Antonio, its going to be tough, Scott said. Bryant said he cant do the same things he used to because of his body. He has been limited in practice to rest for games, which is why Thursday was an important lesson for the Lakers at this stage. Bryant doesnt know if his appearance at practice will help the Lakers or raise the intensity level. Perhaps watching Bryant pass Hall of Famer Michael Jordan for third on the NBAs all-time scoring list will be more than enough motivation. The Lakers are last in opponents scoring at 110.1 ppg and will soon have two players in the top three in scoring. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Jordan (32,292) are the top three scorers with Bryant (32,262) 31 points shy of passing his idol. Bryant was asked to compare himself with Air Jordan. I think were both cursed with the obsession of trying to be the best that we can. Its a blessing and a curse at the same time, Bryant said. I think were both very similar in that regard. The biggest difference between the two, according to Bryant, is that he had to play both shooting and point guard. Bryant was jealous of Jordan having Scottie Pippen for a teammate. Bryant reflected on what it will be like to pass MJ. Its a huge honor to be here in this position. I cant believe Ive scored that many points especially from where my career started, he said. Its a huge honor. It wasnt something I thought about growing up as a kid. It was championships. Being one of the top three scorers with former Lakers center Abdul-Jabbar is the coolest thing for Bryant. Passing his hero Jordan was never a thought. It wasnt a goal that I set out to accomplish. Being in that company with Michael and Kareem and the other great scorers, I think thats most fun part, Bryant said. Being a part of that group I grew up idolizing and learning from and aspiring to be one day, thats the true honor in it. Theres honor in losing, too. 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