On Saturday January 31st the UFC will host 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 will make their long awaited returns to the octagon when Anderson Silva faces Nick Diaz. Silva is 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 now returns 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 hasn’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, faces 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 has won four more fights. In his last bout Gastelum submitted former contender, Jake Ellenberger, in the first round. Woodley has yet another shot in the spotlight in this one. The Missouri native has 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 features 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 features arguably the most stacked preliminary card in UFC history. Fox Sports 1 viewers will be 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 official weigh in with full results below. (video is courtesy of the UFC)


Anderson Silva – 186

Nick Diaz – 185

Kelvin Gastelum – 180

Tyron Woodley – 170.5

Al Iaquinta – 156

Joe Lauzon – 156

Tim Boetsch – 185.5

Thales Leites – 186

Thiago Alves – 171

Jordan Mein – 169.5

Sara McMann – 135.5

Miesha Tate – 135.5

Derek Brunson – 186

Ed Herman – 186

John Lineker – 130

Ian McCall – 126

Rafael Natal – 185.5

Tom Watson – 186

Diego Brandao – 142

Jimy Hettes – 146

Ildemar Alcantara – 185

Richardson Moreira – 185.5

Andy Enz – 186

Thiago “Marreta” Santos – 185.5

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.