Better later than never again.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, will look to snap a two-fight losing skid and return to top form after snapping his shin more than one year ago when he returns to the Octagon to battle Nick Diaz in the five-round UFC 183 main event.
Elsewhere on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card of UFC 183, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, TONIGHT (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015), Tyron Woodley and Kelvin Gastelum will duke it out for a top spot in the crowded Welterweight division, while Al Iaquinta and Joe Lauzon will look to do the same 15 pounds south in an explosive Lightweight match.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 183 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 183 QUICK RESULTS:
185 lbs.: Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision 50-45 x2, 49-46
170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
155 lbs.: Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon via TKO at 3:34 of round 2
185 lbs.: Thales Leites def, Tim Boetsch via Arm Triangle at 3:45 of round 2
170 lbs.: Thiago Alves def. Jordan Mein via TKO at 0:39 of round 2
135 lbs.: Miesha Tate def. Sarah McMann via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
185 lbs.: Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman via TKO at 0:36 of round 1
125 lbs.: John Lineker def. Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
185 lbs.: Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
185 lbs.: Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
185 lbs.: Thiago Santos def. Andy Enz via TKO at 1:56 of round 1
Andrew Richardson with the undercard and Cory Braiterman with you for the main!
UFC 183 PPV PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Round one: Ain't no sunshine when it's on. Only darkness every day. Ain't no sunshine when it's on. Cuz when its on, ya n**az gonna be gone every time cuz we don't play.
Man how I've missed that. Diaz in black & red, Silva in black & yellow. The referee is "Big" John McCarthy. Diaz with a lazy low kick early. Taunts out early, too. Right from Anderson. Silva flops to the ground and back up. Diaz runs his back to the cage to taunt again. Now he's doing the Genki Sudo not facing taunting. Nice left from Silva. Clinch and both men get in a right. Inside and outside leg kicks from Diaz. Left hand from Nick lands. There's a body blow. Nick gets a combo in. Anderson stands and eats it and fires back. Nick has a slightly bloodied nose early. Andy with a small taunt now. Diaz with a nice left. Silva gets in a couple jabs. Diaz backs away from Anderson. Nick fires Silva off the cage. Anderson with a couple jabs and a 1-2. Silva over the top with a right.
Round two: Oblique kick from Spider. Silva on his bike whenever he gets his back near the fencing. Anderson comes forward, doesn't land clean on a 2-3. Couple of leg kicks for Diaz. A third. Fourth. Fifth misses. Jab-jab-hook from Anderson. Leg kick from Silva. Diaz shoots for a takedown, but Anderson stuffs it easily. Diaz gets in a right. Another leg kick from the Californian. Diaz with a left hand and that seems to wake up Silva. He gets in a body kick and tries for his his Fryklund-Ong-Bak elbow. Brick-like left from Silva. Hard body kick to Nick's left side. Jab from Nick answered by a right from Silva. Diaz throwing rights and Anderson eating them all without a problem.
Round three: Chopping oblique kick from Silva as the opener again. In and out leg kicks from the Brazilian. Superman punch from Spider. Slowing pace here as Diaz tries to draw out Silva while Silva occasionally potshots. Anderson picking up the pace a bit with some hard punches and a flying knee. Nick is bleeding a bit more from the left eye now. Nice inside leg kick from Spider. Diaz with one. Right hand from Nick. Spider whiffs on a wheel kick. Nice counter right from Spider. Right hook for Diaz.
Round four: Diaz is sporting a nice bruise on the left side of Nick's rib cage and down by the spleen. Silva patiently circling. Silva with some feints. Diaz with a pair of lazy leg kicks. I think Nick isn't full forcing them because of Anderson's habit of letting those ride up the thigh and catching it. Heavy leg kick from Diaz now. One back from Andy. They clinch and Diaz tossing out elbows into Spider's grill. Andy has all of them hit, but he walks through all of them. Painful looking leg kick that buckles Nick's front leg. Nick trying the mind games again with some foot shuffles, but no dice as Andy stands still.
10-9 Silva in a really close one
Round five: Once more oblique kicks to open. Nick taunting, Anderson not obliging. Finally, Anderson comes forward and partially hits both the 3 and the 2. Jabs from Silva. Lead left from Diaz and a right hand. Anderson backs him off with a head kick that doesn't land. Right from Spider gets through. Diaz spits on the ground. Clubbing left from Spider. Exchange of leg kicks. Silva gets through a straight left in the midst of a flurry. Diaz with a left. One minute to go and there's a nice leg kick from Nick. Elbow from Silva and Diaz is bleeding heavy. Silva with a right. Ten seconds to go.
FINAL RESULT: Anderson Silva defeats Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Round one: Woodley in black, Kelvin in blue and our ref is Dean again. Woodley opens with a head kick that misses. Gastelum certainly does look quite a bit bigger than Tyron. Right hand from Kelvin. Jab from Wood. Slow pace so far, nearly two minutes in and nothing significant has occurred. Kevin gets a leg kick, but it lands via the toes and not the shin. Anxious crowd already. Left hand from Woodley. They both kick on the same side of the body. Right from Tyron. Another. A third, this time as a counter.
Round two: Slow start again. Kick to the left side of Kelvin's body. Woodley gets in a nice right after an inadvertent eyepoke. Kelvin is a bit stiff-legged. Another right is good. Kelvin seems to have recovered. Inside leg kick from Gastelum. Another stiff counter-right from Tyron. He gets in a jab and there's a minute left in the round. Gastelum has had no serious offense this round at all. Gastelum with a liver kick, but gets countered with another dynamite right hand.
Round three: Woodley ducks down and throws a left to the body and a right to the head. Gastelum has been pressuring this entire time, but hasn't landed clean but a couple of times this entire fight. Straight right from Woodley intercepts a Gastelum right. They both eat rights here. Knee from Woodley, might've been low. Nice knee from Kelvin hits the body. Body jab from Tyron. Left from Kelvin, right from Woodley. Woodley backs Kelvin off with a pair of jabs. Halfway through the round and there's a clinch. Woodley showboating a bit with his hands low. Hits a jab. He brings the hands back up. Woodley evades the combo attempt from Kelvin. 1-2 from Woodley into a clinch. Kelvin reverses him back to the cage. Now Tyron swings back. Kelvin switches. There's the ten second clapper. Woodley smartly clinches up.
FINAL RESULT: Tyrone Woodley defeats Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon
Round one: Al in red, Joe in white. The third man in the cage is Marc Goddard. Al feints a single out of the gate. Another. Rogan speculates he's setting up the fake over the top. Lauzon with a right uppercut. Liver punch from Joe. Al gets countered in the face hard by Joe and he's firing away. Couple of nice shots in that exchange from Lauzon, but Al recovers and gets out of dodge. Nice combo from Al that ends with a head kick. Low kick from Al. Iaquinta with a counter right. Al tries a question mark kick that fails. Joe with a jab. Solid right from Joe. Outside leg kick thuds into Joe's leg. Scramble exchange all of a sudden and Lauzon has a guillotine. Al gets off to the correct side. Al flurrying nicely to the body and a head kick. Takedown attempt at the clapper from Al, but that fails.
10-9 Lauzon in a close round.
Round two: 1-2 from Iaquinta to open. Snapping right from Joe about 30 seconds in. Lauzon keeping the pressure on. Overhand from Al clips the jawline of Joe. Nice uppercut, too. Al with a straight that slips in between the guard of J-Lau. Lauzon with an ankle pick that doesn't work. Iaquinta with some body work. Right straight hurts Lauzon. Longo recognizes he's wobbly and calls for it. Al is trying to put away Lauzon. Big hands and Joe is woozy! Joe goes down and Al's trying to get it, Lauzon showing great heart here, but he's getting lit up. Al backs out of the guard of Joe and beckons him to stand. Joe is barely able to do so, but he's game. Combos from Al and nearly everything lands. Joe fires back with a left, but it can't break the rhythm of "Raging Bull". He's bombing away on a near defenseless Lauzon and finally, after giving Lauzon every chance to recover, Goddard steps in and waives it off.
FINAL RESULT: Al Iaquinta defeats Joe Lauzon via TKO (strikes) at 3:34 of Round 2
Tim Boetsch vs. Thales Leites
Round one: Boetsch in red, Leites in white and John McCarthy is the ref. Heavy leg kick from Leites is the first strike of the match. Right hand from Tim. Thales gets him with a slight poke that Tim waives off. They trade right hnads. Leites tries a jump knee that misses, but gets him into a clinch. Nothing doing as Tim reverses off the cage. Leites angles to his right and they trade punches on the break. Leites with a left. An inside leg kick, too. Uppercut from Boetsch and he checks a leg kick. Halfway through round one and Thales comes in with a big right. Tim with a calf-kick. Nice anchor hook from Leites. Boetsch gets in an uppercut as they came together in the clinch. Thales tries some standing elbows that don't connect. Leites nearly got a takedown, but Tim powered out of it with a nice posting of his read hand. They flurry and Boetsch either caught him with a right or he stumbled. Tim on top after trying to flurry, but Thales ties him up and he chills there to end the round. Replay shows that Tim landed three punches clean to knock Thales down - it was not a stumble.
Round two: Early leg kick to open from the Brazilian. Huge left from Leites. Tim still firing back however. Nice overhand right catches Leites the second Rogan mentioned it. Clinch here, but Boetsch is able to get out of it standing. Solid right from Tim, but Thales clinches them up. Tim has Leites back to the fence. They break and Leites gets a knee in. Inside leg kick from Thales. Boetsch gets in two nice right hands and Leites is looking a bit wobbly. A big left one and Leites is nearly off his feet. Tim comes forward, and Thales ducks down to try and save himself. He manages to clasp his hands and get Tim down. Boetsch is on his back and Leites is working hard. He scoots to mount and is looking for an arm triangle. Boetsch is kind of against the fence and Thales can't get full rotation... it looks tight, but Boetsch bucks and slips his neck out of it! Leites regains mount and immediately looks for an arm triangle from the other side. This looks a lot tighter.. and out goes the Barbarian!
FINAL RESULT: Thales Leites defeats Tim Boetsch via technical submission (arm triangle) at 3:45 of Round 2
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein
Round one: Alves in the white & brown shorts, Mein in black. Our ref is Herb Dean. Alves misses an inside leg kick early, Mein lands an outside one. Right from Mein. Glancing overhand and a solid right hook. Hard leg kick from Mein. Mein using his length well to maintain distance and lands a left. Jab from Mein. Mein with an elbow, and it looks like there's a small cut on Alves' right cheek/eye. Nice jab from Alves. There's a couple of leg kicks from Thiago. Mein countering well here. Combo to the body. Mein misses a pair of Jones-like elbows. Uppercut from Mein lands solid. Great left elbow from Jordan. Good 5-piece combo from the Canadian! Great right hand and he's managed to evade nearly everything from Alves.
Round two: Alves aggressive, and Mein somersaults to get away from the cage... and walks right back towards the cage. ALVES WITH A MONSTER BODY KICK AND FLATTENS MEIN! He pounces on him and starts blasting away until Dean steps in! Hell of a comeback from a fight where he was getting worked over!
FINAL RESULT: Thiago Alves defeats Jordan Mein via TKO (body kick and GNP) at 0:39 of Round 2
UFC 183 "PRELIMS" PLAY-BY-PLAY (FOX SPORTS 1):
Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate
Round one: Both women come out swinging. They trade right hands. McMann drops Tate with a heavy right hand, but Tate remains conscious and secures the half guard. Tate works her way back to full guard. McMann lands a heavy elbow. Tate looking to use an open guard, potentially for a sweep, but she's flattened out by the former Olympian. McMann passes the guard and looks for the crucifix position. McMann is pressuring heavily from the top, making it difficult for Tate to move. McMann lands more heavy ground strikes.
Round two: McMann continuing to find success on her feet. Tate lands a nice left hook, but McMann responds with some hard clinch knees. Tate runs into a right hand. McMann pushes Tate back with another combination. McMann pushes Tate against the fence looking for a takedown but does not get it. Tate lands a heavy combination of her own and latches onto a guillotine when McMann shoots. Tate rolls her over into half guard and continues lookiing for the guillotine. The round ends just as Tate moves into mount.
Round three: McMann looks for a throw from the clinch, but Tate reverses the position. In the half guard, Tate is trying to pin down McMann's arm. Tate moves into side control. Tate lands some heavy elbows. Tate controlling the top position very well as McMann looks lost from her back. McMann gets back to her half guard. Tate latches onto the kimura with about twenty seconds left but cannot get it.
FINAL RESULT: Miesha Tate defeats Sarah McMann via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman
Round one: Herman standing very tall early, like a Thai boxer. Herman looking for his lead hook. Suddenly, a heavy pair of left hands connect cleanly, sending Herman stumbling into the cage. From there, Brunson keeps on the pressure and flurries hard. The referee calls the bout with Herman turtled up, hiding from punches.
FINAL RESULT: Derek Brunson defeats Ed Herman via TKO at 0:36 of round 1.
John Lineker vs. Ian McCall
Round one: Lineker opens up with a low kick. McCall responds with some kicks of his own. McCall bouncing in-and-out effectively while Lineker is missing quite a bit. Two minutes in, McCall hits a big double leg. McCall works into the half guard, where he's landing some decent punches. Lineker transitions into a heel hook attempt, which McCall defends very well. McCall finishes the round on top.
Round two: Lineker lands some strong punches and defends the shot to start the round. Shoots for a double and Lineker hops on a guillotine. It's very tight and forces McCall to give up top position. McCall returns to his feet quickly. Lineker digs into a heavy body shot. McCall circles into a hard left hook. McCall is starting to get hit with punches. McCall again shoots, but the threat of the guillotine forces him to back away. McCall beginning to get desperate with his takedown attempts. McCall gets nailed by a right hand then forced to his back with a guillotine to end the round.
Round three: Neither man connecting early in the round. McCall lands a pair of hard body kicks. Lineker stalking his foe and swinging heavy, but nothing major has connected. Lineker finally lands a nice left hook after trapping his opponent on the fence. Lineker hurts McCall with a left hand, and the two trade wildly. Lineker continues to throw reckless combinations, which McCall backs away from. The two trade punches in the clinch at the bell.
FINAL RESULT: John Lineker defeats Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson
Round one: Very active start to this fight as Natal flicks out jabs and low kicks, while Watson looks to answer with his own kicks. Natal catches a kick for a brief takedown. Natal getting the better of the exchanges, but it's going to be difficult for him to keep this pace. Natal landing his inside low kick quite often. Natal lands a hard combination of punches then drops down for a takedown against the fence. Watson defends and lands a knee on the exit. Once more, Natal lands a takedown off a kick. This time, Natal controls his foe from the top for a decent amount of time but lands very little.
Round two: Natal is the quicker fighter and lands a pair of right hands. For the third time, Natal catches a kick and drags him down to the mat. Watson works his way back to his feet relatively quickly. Natal seems to be slowing down a bit, as the striking begins to even out a bit. Natal looks for another takedown in the clinch but cannot get it. At the end of the round, Natal ducks an overhand and scores with a double.
Round three: Natal lands a hard right hand to start the third. Watson seems to have more energy, but he's less fluid than his foe. Natal continues to stick his jab in his opponent's face. Watson is throwing a high number of strikes, but he's not putting a lot behind his shots. Natal is connecting with his shots cleanly before shooting for another takedown. He gets it, but Watson is quick to return to his feet. To end the bout, Natal finishes with a nice slam.
FINAL RESULT: Rafael Natal defeats Tom Watson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
UFC 183 "PRELIMS" PLAY-BY-PLAY (FIGHT PASS):
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
Round one: Not a lot of action in the first two minutes, before Moreira suddenly exploded into a strong combination. At the halfway point of the round, the fight moved into the clinch with Alcantara against the fence. During a takedown attempt, Alcantara reversed and landed in mount. Moreira rolls Alcantara over about 20 seconds later. For the rest of the round, Moreira controlled his opponent from the top and landed some small shots.
Round two: Again, both men are pretty hesitant on their feet. Alcantara lands a nice body kick. Moreira attempts to punch his way into the clinch, but Alcantara circles out. Alcantara lands a solid head kick, but Moreira walks through it. The Las Vegas crowd boos loudly. Moreira has thrown very few punches in this round, as Alcantara stuffs another takedown. Alcantara starting to open up just a bit and is landing some of his punches. Alcantara using his range well but has yet to land anything devastating.
Round three: Alcantara lands some nice punches to start the round. Moreira keeps looking for a looping lead hook that isn't there. Alcantara lands a couple hard jabs. Moreira finally gets a grip on Alcantara and pushes him into the fence. Alcantara grabs the fence to prevent a takedown, but he does not lose a point. The fight is restarted back in the center, clearly to Moreira's detriment. Moreira lands a decent pair of wide punches then gets stuffed on a takedown. Alcantara spends much of the final minute moving away from his opponent and does eat some solid shots, but it's probably still his round.
FINAL RESULT: Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos
Round one: Andrew Richardson here for the preliminary bouts. Enz pushes forward early but lands little. Santos scores with a couple nice low kicks, but his punches are still coming up a bit short as well. Enz lands a nice right hand. Enz gets nailed by a body kick and is in visible pain. Santos swarms him with punches against the fence, causing Enz to fall to the mat. From there, continued punches on the mat ended the bout.
FINAL RESULT: Santos wins via TKO at 1:56 of round 1