I have rarely seen someone's standup become so highly overrated after beating up such a poor striker. Now, I like Nick Diaz, and he has some awkward but effective striking, but let's be honest here guys.
Frank Shamrock is not a great striker. Or, at least, he's not so good of a striker that picking him apart should be considered some kind of massive accomplishment. KJ Noons absolutely embarassed Nick Diaz in their fight. KJ Noons, IMO, wouldn't even last a round with Anderson Silva. So what does that say about Nick Diaz?
Diaz's biggest strength in his standup are his odd angles, length, and chin. Anderson Silva will have more length, better footwork (nullifying angles) and more than enough power to touch his chin. Not to mention the fact that Diaz's kicks leave something to be desired. Anderson's? Well.. I think we can all answer how effective his kicks and knees are.
Diaz plants his feet and stands in one spot, has little to no head movement, and leaves his chin wide open. The only way he gets away with doing all of that is because he throws punches in bunches, has a good chin, and very very good cardio.
I know that's a long and semi-redundant post, but I can't stress enough how ridiculous I think this matchup is.
I'd love to see it