On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the UFC heads to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz.

After an extended layoff due to a gruesome broken leg at UFC 168 all-time great Anderson Silva will be making his return to the Octagon. It’s been just over a year since Silva was last seen in the cage writhing in pain and it’s truly astonishing to see him back in action so soon. Welcoming Silva back to competition will be UFC bad boy Nick Diaz who came out of “retirement” to take this fight.

As good as the Silva vs. Diaz fight has the potential to be, the fight everyone should really be excited about is the welterweight showdown between top contender Tyron Woodley and rising star Kelvin Gastelum. The UFC welterweight division is full of top tier talent and the winner of this bout will be in the thick of the title picture.

Looking at this card from top to bottom, it is packed with interesting bouts, and once again the UFC has put together a stellar Super Bowl weekend fight card. For you gamblers out there, UFC 183 is a card with some potential to add to your pre-Super Bowl bankroll.

Jordan Mein, -130 vs. Thiago Alves, +110

Six years ago betting on Alves to win was a no brainer, but that isn’t the case anymore. While Alves is still a striker to be feared he just isn’t the killer he once was. Mein is younger and faster and with a five inch reach advantage he can keep Alves on the outside.

Play: Take Mein to win and at +265 take him to win by decision

Thales Leites, -450 vs. Tim Boetsch, +360

Boetsch is a pretty big underdog in this bout and understandably so but with his raw power and wrestling ability he could be an interesting upset play here. But the smart money should be on Leites who is riding a sever fight win streak with four wins coming by way of submission.

Play: Take Leites to win and at +200 take him to win by decision

Al Iaquinta, -175 vs. Joe Lauzon, +155

If you want to make a prop bet on which bout with earn “Fight of the Night” honors this is the one to lay your money on. Iaquinta and Lauzon matchup well and Lauzon has been involved in the “Fight of the Night” on six occasions. Iaquinta has looked really good in his last two outings but so has Lauzon against better competition.

Play: Take Lauzon to win and at +220 take him to win inside the distance

Kelvin Gastelum, -130 vs. Tyron Woodley, +110

Gastelum’s meteoric rise has been impressive and at just 23 his future is very bright but this is a really tough matchup for him. Gastelum proved he can compete with the big boys by submitting Jake Ellenberger but Woodley is a cut above. Woodley will be the better wrestler, the better striker and the better athlete in the cage on Saturday and he will get the win.

Play: Take Woodley to win and at +261 take him to win by decision

Anderson Silva, -440 vs. Nick Diaz, +350

While this bout isn’t being considered at “Super Fight” it’s as close to one as we will be seeing from the UFC for a long time. Diaz is one of the best fighters to have never won a UFC title in the history of the sport and Silva…well Silva is arguably the greatest fighter of all-time. While both of these men possess great BJJ they are both known for the prowess on the feet. Expect to see striking mastery from both men.

Play: Take Silva to win and at -105 take him to win by TKO/KO

Play: At +1321 take Mein, Leites, Lauzon, Woodley and Silva for a five fight parlay

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