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 years 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.

 

Above is video of the night’s post-fight press conference featuring UFC president, Dana White, and all of the night’s big winners. (video is courtesy of the UFC)

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