On Saturday January 31st the UFC held UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In the main event of the evening two legends of the sport made their long awaited returns to the octagon when Anderson Silva faced Nick Diaz. Silva was returning after over a year off and two straight losses to now middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. Silva’s long layoff was due to a gruesome injury in his last bout with Weidman. In the second round Silva broke his leg after Weidman checked one of his leg kicks. Silva returned with the opportunity to get back in the title mix with a big victory over Diaz. While Silva’s layoff was out of his control, Diaz’s layoff was more by choice. Diaz hadn’t fought in nearly two year’s since “retiring” in the cage after a loss to Georges St.Pierre. With a win over the greatest of all time Diaz could also find himself right back in the title picture.

In the night’s co-main event of the evening welterweight up-and-comer, Kelvin Gastelum, faced the toughest test of his career in Tyron Woodley. Gastelum is the best product that The Ultimate Fighter reality show has turned out in recent memory. Since defeating Uriah Hall in the finals of the show Gastelum had won four more fights. In his last bout Gastelum submitted former contender, Jake Ellenberger, in the first round. Woodley had yet another shot in the spotlight in this one. The Missouri native had found himself close to a title shot twice in his UFC career, but came up close in bouts against Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald. Woodley’s talent has never been in question and in his last bout he scored a TKO victory over Dong Hyun Kim in just over one minute.

The rest of the pay-per-view card featured a lightweight fight between Al Iaquinta and Joe Lauzon, a middleweight tilt between Thales Leites and Tim Boetsch, and a welterweight barn burner between Jordan Mein and Thiago Alves. This card also featured arguably the most stacked preliminary card in UFC history. Fox Sports 1 viewers were treated to a fight between former title challengers Miesha Tate and Sara McMann and a flyweight title eliminator between Ian McCall and John Lineker.

The pay-per-view broadcast kicks off at 10 p.m. ET. That stellar preliminary card gets going on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET before transferring over to Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Below is a recap of all the night’s action as well as full results.

Main Card Summary

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva

Round 1: The fight started out with Diaz being Diaz. He taunted Anderson Silva for almost half of the first round with some obnoxious yet comical taunts. They then decided that this was a fight and they started trading. Anderson threw his first kick with his left leg in the UFC since his horrible injury. Silva was hitting Diaz with some solid shots, but Diaz got some of his own in there.

Round 2: The games looked like they were over and both fighters started to land some good shots. The round was fun and Anderson Silva looked like he was in control of the round, but again Diaz stuck around. Diaz showed once again that he could take a punch.

Round 3: The antics started back up a little as they both seemed to be taunting one another. Anderson started to pick it up and land some strikes, but again Diaz did too. For every strike Silva landed Diaz would land one back. This fight was really picking up and then Silva caught Diaz with a hard shot and busted open his left eye. Silva started to dial in and really started to score some shots on Diaz. They both were showing that they were deserving of this main event.

Round 4: Silva started out with some hard kicks, but once again in this fight, Diaz stuck in there strong. Diaz started to land some good punches, but looked like he was slowing down. Then, in Nick Diaz fashion, he showed he just loves to fight. He started landing some strong elbows and punches. Diaz really looked good in that round and the fight went into the fifth and final round.

Round 5: Diaz started out with his antics yet again and it seemed to be frustrating Silva. Diaz seemed to be in control of the round, but Silva started to land some good shots. Anderson Silva started to land some good combos toward the end of the round. Silva opened up another nasty cut on Diaz’s face and they both traded at the end of the round. The fight was awesome.

Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley

Round 1: The round was a lot slower than expected. Woodley was landing strikes, but Gastelum was controlling the octagon. There were some boo’s in the crowd as the fight started slow. Woodley was landing his right hand effectively in the first.

Round 2: The second round started slowly again. Gastelum was controlling the octagon once again, but once again Woodley was anding the most strikes. Woodley was using his right hand so well and finally got one to rock Gastelum. Gastelum caught Woodley with a couple good leg kicks, but nothing that did to much damage.

Round 3: Gastelum came out a lot more aggressive than the first two round, but Woodley was catching Gastelum with the right hand again. Gastelum rocked Woodley a little with a solid shot and tried to press it on him, but Woodley recovered. Gastelum was the aggressor for the third round. Woodley was landing his right hand so effectively. The fight went the distance and the fans did not seem happy.

Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum by split decision (29-28 Gastelum, 29-28 Woodley, 30-27 Woodley)

Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon

Round 1: The first round was an exciting one. Both of these fighters were trading shots and both looked very good. Lauzon seemed to be the fighter doing the most damage and he rocked Iaquinta with a solid flurry of strikes. Iaquinta was throwing some impressive combos throughout the round. Lauzon went for a guillotine attempt, but it led to Iaquinta getting his back. That did not lead to much as they stood up and traded some more.

Round 2: Both fighters cam out a little slower in the second round. Lauzon was landing some good jabs, but Iaquinta was landing some good body shots. Lauzon shot for a takedown, but was not successful. Iaquinta caught Lauzon with a huge shot. Lauzon is a warrior and tried to stay alive, but Iaquinta kept putting it on him until the referee ended the fight.

Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon by TKO (punches) Round 2, 3:34

Tim Boetsch vs. Thales Leites

Round 1: Boetsch started out really fast and was putting in on Leites early. Boetsch was landing his right hand hard and started to do damage under Leites left eye. Leites started to put together some good strikes. Leites went for a takedown, but Boetsch stuffed it. Late in the round Boetsch caught him with a hard shot and knocked him down and finished the round strong.

Round 2: Early in the round Leites caught Boetsch with a solid strike, but Boetsch answered with a ducking right hook and hurt Leites again. He kept landing his right and it became a weapon for him. He landed another hard right and rocked Leites once again, but Leites ended up taking him down from the flurry. The takedown led to Leites getting in a dominant position and locked up his go-to arm triangle to end it.

Thales Leites def. Tim Boetsch by submission (arm triangle) Round 2, 3:45

Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein

Round 1: Jordan Mein was fighting strong early in the round and was throwing some bombs. He was connecting his shots and just was moving well throughout the fight. He landed a ton of hard shots and almost finished the fight.

Round 2: Mein started out good again, but Alves landed a huge body kick that dropped Mein. Alves ran over and got on top of him and ended the fight.

Thiago Alves def. Jordan Mein TKO (punches) Round 2, 0:39

 

Preliminary Card Summary

Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate

Early in the fight McMann caught Tate with a huge shot that dropped her. However, McMann could not finish the fight after the big shot. McMann showed off her ground game as she moved into side control with an impressive transition. Tate survived the big first round by McMann. McMann started well in the second and was landing strong punches. Tate landed a solid strike that made McMann shoot for the takedown, but it led to a guillotine attempt by Tate. McMann survived the round and opened up the third with a takedown attempt, but Tate reversed it and got the takedown. Tate stayed in a dominant position and was landing solid strikes. It was a huge round for Tate.

Miesha Tate def. Sara McMann by majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)

Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman

The fight started slow and then Derek Brunson landed a huge left and then another huge left that dropped Herman. Brunson jumped on top and landed a couple big shots. The referee had to step in and end the fight.

Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman by TKO (punches) Round 1, 0:36

John Lineker vs. Ian McCall

McCall was very active and it led to him taking down the four-pound heavier Lineker. Throughout the rest of the first round McCall stayed on top and controlled the round. McCall shot for an early takedown in the second and fell into a tight guillotine attempt by Lineker. Somehow McCall survived the submission and kept up his active pace. Lineker was landing some solid shots and then at the end of the round he tried another guillotine attempt, but McCall once again survived. The third round started out slower than the second. Lineker then caught McCall with a big shot and rocked him. It was a close call for the third round, but the fight in itself was exciting.

John Lineker def. Ian McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson

Natal mixed up his strikes nicely throughout the first round and just showed complete domination of the round. He kept taking down Watson and countered very well against him. It was the same story in the second round. Natal dominated the round and took Watson down whenever he wanted to. Watson landed some good strikes, but Natal was in control of the fight going into the third. Third round was the same as the first two. Natal dominated the fight and took down Watson whenever he wanted. He also was landing very good combos and just looked in control the entire fight.

Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

 

FULL RESULTS
Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum by split decision (29-28 Gastelum, 29-28 Woodley, 30-27 Woodley)
Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon by TKO (punches) Round 2, 3:34
Thales Leites def. Tim Boetsch by submission (arm triangle choke) Round 2, 3:45
Thiago Alves def. Jordan Mein TKO (punches) Round 2, 0:39
Miesha Tate def. Sara McMann by majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman by TKO (punches) Round 1, 0:36
John Lineker def. Ian McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes *SCRATCHED DUE TO JIMY HETTES ILLNESS*
Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira by split decision (29-28 Alcantara, 29-28 Moreira, 29-28 Alcantara)
Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Andy Enz by TKO (punches) Round 1, 1:56

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.