UFC 183 takes place at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday January 31st. Headlined by Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz’s return to the Octagon, we take a look at the main card fighters battling at 10PM/7PM ETPT.
Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Anderson Silva (33-6-0) and Nick Diaz (27-9-1) both return to the octagon after a long time away. Anderson Silva is rated #1 in the middleweight division, looking to come back to the UFC strong after 2 consecutive losses Chris Weidman. Nick Diaz, too, suffered back-to-back losses to Carlos Condit and Georges St.-Pierre before stepping away from the UFC. The stakes are high for both premiere athletes looking to come back into the fold of the UFC. Anderson Silva, however, has been fast-tracked for the title dance should he be successful against Diaz.
Tyron Woodley vs. Kevin Gastellum
#3 Tyron Woodley (14-3-0) faces #7 Kevin Gastellum (11-0-0) in the welterweight bout of the main card. One look at former Strikeforce fighter Tyron Woodley and you wouldn’t think he’s a 170 lb. fighter. While he lost by unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald at UFC 174, he came back to beat Dong Hyun Kim at Fight Night Macao by his famous first round knockout. He brings his aggressive striking skils and wrestling against the undefeated TUF winner Kevin Gastellum. Gastellum boasts impressive wins over Rick Story, Nico usoke and Jake Ellenberger heading into UFC 183.
Joe Lauzon vs. Al Laquinta
Joe Lauzon (24-10-0) is the top fight bonus earning fighter for a reason, he is known for violent scraps. The exciting lightweight rebounded from two consecutive losses to defeat Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa in his last two fights leading up to UFC 183. At 5-2 in the UFC, Al Laquinta (10-3-1) has been on a rampage in his last 2 fights. He faces Lauzon looking to add a third fighter in his wake of knock out victories.
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
#11 Thales Leites (24-4-0) was cut from the UFC following losses to Anderson Silva and Alessio Sakara in 2009. Since being resigned to the organization in 2013, he has won all 4 fights back. He faces #13 Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch, a veteran of the UFC. At 2-3 in his last 5 fights, Boetsch needs a win to stay in good standing with the UFC.
Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves
#13 Jordan Mein (29-9) is a former Strikeforce fighter on a two-fight winning streak, going 5-1 in his last 6 fights. He faces welterweight Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (25-9), a former title contender to face Georges St. Pierre. He is 3-3 since losing the title shot, looking to set his record straight.