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UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz Preview and Prediction

 

UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz Preview and Prediction

 

 

This Saturday night the Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold it’s fourth event of 2015. The MGM Grand Garden Arena will host UFC 183, which will be headlined by two of the sport’s most exciting fighters, The former WEC and Strikeforce Welterweight champion, Nick Diaz (29-9-0-1) will face off against arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time, the former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-6). Both fighters are making their much-anticipated return after lengthy layoffs. Diaz has been out of action since March 16, 2013 while Silva hasn’t seen the inside of the octagon since December 28, 2013. Another similarity between these two fighters is the fact that they are both 1-2 in their last 3 fights, having lost the last two.

Diaz scored a dominant unanimous decision victory over a very tough B.J. Penn back at UFC 137, only to lose back-to-back unanimous decisions. The first was a controversial loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, while the second loss came at the hands of the defending Welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre.

UFC fighter Nick Diaz.

UFC fighter Nick Diaz.

Diaz then retired from the sport, siting his frustration with politics, questionable scoring of fights, and the “play it safe” fighting style that a lot of fighters were adopting. Diaz later said that he would only return if he got a title shot or if he was matched up against Anderson Silva. On July 24, 2014, UFC President, Dana White announced via Twitter, that Diaz had just signed a new contract with the UFC. The Diaz vs. Silva bout was announced shortly after.

The Anderson Silva hiatus came about for a whole different reason. “The Spider” had to recover from a gruesome leg injury, suffered in a rematch with Chris Weidman while trying to reclaim the welterweight championship, a title that he lost to Weidman less than six months earlier.

Anderson Silva breaking his leg in a fight with Chris Weidman.

Anderson Silva breaking his leg in a fight with Chris Weidman.

The first loss to Weidman was the first time Silva had lost in his UFC career and it snapped a 17 fight winning streak. This was also the first time Silva had been knocked out in a career that dates back to June 25, 1997. The loss was written off by much of the MMA world as they blamed Silva’s showboating as the reason behind it. An immediate rematch was scheduled and took place at UFC 168. This fight saw Silva get hurt badly in the first round, only to recover and suffer a broken left fibula and tibia in round 2. This was the result of an attempted leg kick that was thrown by Silva and checked by Weidman. Silva crumpled to the mat while screaming in pain and holding a leg that was broken in half. The fight was ruled a TKO loss, which was Silva’s second in a row. Immediately after, Silva was rushed into emergency orthopedic surgery. Dana White announced the surgery as a success and Silva began physical therapy shortly after. After months of therapy Silva was cleared to start training once more. On July 29, 2014 it was announced that Silva would face Diaz in a middleweight bout on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183 which brings us to Las Vegas NV. This should prove to be an exciting matchup between two of the most skilled fighters in all of Mixed Martial Arts and I for one am extremely pumped to watch it. So invite your friends over, bring out your favorite snacks, kick back and enjoy the show. I’m sure this one will have fight fans talking for a long while after the final horn sounds.

 

PREDICTION: Look for the majority of this fight to play out on the feet but don’t be surprised if it hits the ground and we see some great scrambles and submission attempts. Both fighters are skilled in the standup department and have a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Diaz should look to control the pace of this fight, while trying to overwhelm Silva with combinations and an extremely fast pace. Silva on the other hand is an exceptional counter striker and should try to capitalize on an opening as Diaz moves forward. It’s been a tough road back for Anderson Silva, so we have yet to see if the leg injury will leave a lasting effect on him physically or mentally. If he returns at 100% and isn’t tentative about throwing kicks then he’ll also look to batter the lead leg of Diaz, who has shown vulnerability to leg kicks in the past. Both guys have a tendency to put their hands down and trash talk their opponents so don’t be surprised if we see some of that going on tomorrow night. Diaz is moving up a weight class and he gives up a huge size and power advantage to Silva. In the end I believe this will be the deciding factor in this fight. This will prove too difficult for Diaz to overcome and he’ll eventually succumb to strikes.

 

WINNER: Anderson Silva by TKO

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