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UFC 183 went down Saturday night, as Anderson Silva returned to action and scored a decision victory over Nick Diaz.

Check out highlights from Silva-Diaz and the other main card bouts in the videos below:

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva took a little while to get going, but the legendary fighter turned it up, and went on to defeat Nick Diaz at UFC 183.

Diaz taunted Silva relentlessly in the opening moments of tonight’s main event, and at one juncture, the outspoken fighter even laid on the Octagon floor. While Silva seemed somewhat reserved in the opening rounds of the fight, the former middleweight champ began to crank up the offense as the fight wore on.

Diaz never appeared to be in danger of getting stopped, but by the fifth round, it seemed pretty clear that the bloodied fighter needed a stoppage to get the win. After the bout concluded, Silva was awarded the unanimous decision victory, and “The Spider” broke into tears. The bout marked the first time Silva has fought, since he broke his leg while fighting Chris Weidman in December, 2013.

When Silva was asked about whether he’ll fight again, he noted that his family wants him to retire, and said he’ll take some time to think about what’s next. Diaz, meanwhile, relayed in his post fight interview that he thought he won the fight.

Here are the results from tonight’s card, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (punches) R2, 3:34

Thales Leites def. Tim Boetsch via technical submission (arm-triangle-choke) R2, 3:45

Thiago Alves def. Joran Mein via TKO (kick and punches) R2, 0:39

Miesha Tate def. Sarah McMann via majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)

Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman via TKO (punches) R1, 0:36

John Lineker def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Thiago Santos def. Andy Enz via TKO (kicks and punches) R1, 1:56

UFC 183 Main Card Results and Play-by-Play

The prelims are over, so let’s move to the pay-per-view card and Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz….shall we?

Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein

Mein wings a hard leg kick to begin the fight. Mein cracks a counter right that was partially blocked. Mein tosses a couple more shots but takes a counter punch. Mein stiffs Alves with a jab and then throws in a standing elbow. Alves takes another shot but is taking more than he’s giving. Alves eats another punch. Mein flurries to the body of Alves. The latter charges in but Mein defends. Mein rocks Alves with an uppercut and comes in firing punches and elbows. Alves keeps taking shots. Wow. Great action. Alves comes in but takes another stunning, counter. Alves clinches up and the round ends. Fantastic round for Mein.

Round 2: Alves fires a kick to begin the round but misses. Mein rolls out of the way and gets a roar from the crowd. Wow. Alves blasts Mein to the body with a cracking kick and he goes down. Alves finishes the deal with a storm of punches from above. What a comeback for the “Pitbull”.

Thiago Alves def. Joran Mein via TKO (kick and punches) R2, 0:39

Tim Boetsch vs. Thales Leites 

Boetsch charges in and throws a kick. Leites counters with a kick but is quickly put on the defensive with punches from Boetsch. The latter is winging shots but Leites comes charging back with shots. Leites fires a hard shot but Boetsch chucks one back in return. Boetsch plants a hard uppercut. Wow. Fight continues to be marked by moments of inaction and then violent exchanges. Leites lands a nice counter left. Leites clinches up and pushes Boetsch to the fence. Leites looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Boetsch catches Leites with a right hand and the latter stumbles to the mat. Boetsch is on top but time is running out. Round ends.

Round 2: Leites throws a leg kick to begin the round. Leites plants a left hand but Boetsch comes back firing. Boetsch cracks Leites with an overhand right. “The Barbarian” finds a home for another right hand. Boetsch stuns Leites with a left hand and a follow up right. Leites stumbles to the mat but gets back up, and takes Boetsch down. Leites starts working a side choke and has it locked in. Wow. Boetsch gets out but Leites is still on top. Now Leites is working an arm-triangle-choke on the other side. Boetsch goes out. Crazy, crazy finish.

Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon

Iaquinta threatens with a single leg a couple of times. Lauzon blasts in and lands an uppercut. Iaquinta fires a hard body shot but takes a stinging counter. Iaquinta fires a head kick that’s blocked. Iaquinta plants a hard, counter hook. Lauzon lands a stiff jab. Iaquinta plants a good leg kick but Lauzon returns with a hard right. Lauzon throws a knee and then jumps back for a guillotine. Iaquinta works his way out and back to his feet. Iaquinta flurries nicely and throws a head kick. Iaquinta comes charging in looking for a takedown but the round ends.

Round 2: Iaquinta throws a few punches to begin the round. Lauzon comes back with his own flurry. Lauzon plants another hard jab. Iaquinta fires off a right hand that’s just short. Iaquinta follows up with an uppercut. Lauzon shoots in but can’t get the takedown. Iaquinta punishes the body of Lauzon with another hook. Iaquinta chucks a booming, overhand right that sends Lauzon down. Iaquinta is battering Lauzon around the cage with punches. The ref steps in to rescue Lauzon from any further punishment. Wow. Big win for Iaquinta.

Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (punches) R2, 3:34

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley

Woodley throws a head kick that misses. Woodley wings a right hand that Gastelum blocks. The latter throws a left hand as some fans boo. Gastelum attempts a body kick that gets blocked. More boos. Woodley plants a left hand. Gastelum picks up his attacks. Woodley fires off a hard right that’s blocked. Woodley wings another right that grazes Gastelum’s head. Gastelum throws a kick and the round ends, amidst boos…

Round 2: Gastelum tosses a couple more kicks but Woodley blocks them. Gastelum takes a poke to the eye in a follow up exchange. Woodley throws a right and plants a hard kick to the body. Gastelum flurries. Woodley stuns Gastelum with a right hand. Woodley swarms in but Gastelum returns fire. Woodley fires a nicely timed leg kick but Gastelum counters. Woodley plants another right. Gastelum follows up with some leg kicks. Fans are getting restless again. Woodley catches Gastelum with a right as he charges in. Gastelum pushes Woodley to the cage.

Round 3: Both men come out firing. Gastelum is cut above his left eye. Woodley counters with a couple or right hands. Gastelum continues to move forward and is winging hard shots. Woodley is still hunting with his right hand. Gastelum clinches up but breaks away. Woodley fires a counter right. Gastelum is still moving forward and nearly catches Woodley, who grins and acknowledges the near miss. The two clinch up again. Gastelum comes in winging shots and the fight ends. More boos.

Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva 

Okay folks. We have arrived to the main event. Diaz charges out to the center of the cage. Diaz is already taunting. Diaz lands a leg kick. Wow. Diaz is talking a  ton. Diaz lies down for a split second. Wow. How about that for a taunt. This is nuts. Silva throws a leg kick. Silva lands a left and Diaz is still talking. Silva lands a body kick. Diaz plants a left and a follow up right. Silva is remaining calm. Starting to throw more often. Diaz comes in but Silva returns fire. Silva lands another stiff jab. Silva plants another right but Diaz returns fire. Diaz throws a head kick that misses. Round ends. That was kee-razy.

Round 2: Silva throws a kick to the leg of Diaz. Silva tries a side kick that misses. Silva charges in but misses with a couple of punches. Diaz throws several leg kicks. Silva throws a few jabs and then a hard, leg kick. Diaz shoots in but Silva defends. Silva fires a head kick that is blocked. Diaz returns fire but the kicks miss. Diaz lands a hard left but Silva returns fire with a couple of hard leg kicks. Silva lands another left. Silva chucks a thumping kick to the body. Diaz fires multiple shots that Silva elects to eat. Wow.

Round 3: Silva lands a jab to the body, and then a side kick. Silva follows up with a couple more leg kicks. Diaz blocks a head kick. Silva lands another inside leg kick. Silva flurries but Diaz blocks the punches. Silva lands a right but Diaz counters nicely. Diaz fires off several more leg kicks. Diaz’s left eye is pretty bloodied up. Diaz throws several punches but Silva defends. Diaz comes in but takes a counter left. Silva tries a spinning back kick but it misses. Diaz flurries in but eats a counter right. Very productive round for Silva.

Round 4: Both men fire kicks to begin the round. Not much has been thrown in the opening minute. Diaz flurries in and catches Silva with a shot. Silva throws a kick to the body. Action has slowed. Diaz throws a thumping leg kick and both men land shots in the exchange. Diaz chucks several hard elbows from the clinch. Silva punishes Diaz’s leg again with a kick. Diaz throws a slow spinning kick that misses. Silva follows up with another leg kick. Diaz starts taunting again.

Round 5: Silva lunges with a hook to begin the round. Diaz starts taunting again. Silva comes in with a stiff left, right. Silva pops in a couple more jabs. Diaz plants a hard left. Silva returns fire and backs off. Diaz comes in with a couple more shots that back Silva up. Silva plants an overhand left. Silva flurries in with a nice combo. Diaz wings a counter punch. Silva throws a flying knee and then a spinning kick that misses. Diaz is bleeding pretty badly now. Silva shoots in another jab. Diaz throws a kick but the fight comes to an end.

Silva gets awarded the unanimous decision and the legend breaks into tears.

Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

ufc 183

Now that the Fight Pass prelims for UFC 183 are over, we’ll move to the rest of the preliminary card, which will feature several pivotal fights.

Case in point, John Lineker is set to battle flyweight Ian McCall in the prelims, and Miesha Tate will throw down with fellow bantamweight contender, Sarah McMann.

Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson

Natal is keeping busy with jabs and kicks. Watson responds. Watson attempts a body kick but gets swept to the floor.  Fight is back on its feet. Natal continues to fire off more strikes than Watson, who seems to be having trouble finding his range. Watson is starting to wear Natal’s strikes. Natal lands a solid right hand that sends Watson stumbling into the cage. The British fighter waves him on. Watson attempts a knee but gets taken down briefly. Natal takes Watson back to the floor. Watson works his way back up, but once again, he gets taken down. Round ends.

Round 2: Natal plants a hard right not long into the round. Watson shrugs it off. The middleweights exchange leg kicks. Natal shoots in as Watson throws a kick, and takes him down. Watson crawls back to the cage and is trying to get back up. Natal lands a thumping punch as Watson gets back to his feet. The two exchange strikes and then Natal shoots in. Watson defends and fires a hard leg kick. Natal charges in and clinches up, but can’t get Watson down. Briefly Natal sweeps him to the floor. Watson is landing more often than the first round, but isn’t doing much damage. Natal blasts in with a nicely timed takedown before the round ends.

Round 3: Natal lands a couple of stinging jabs. The Brazilian chucks a head kick that Watson blocks. Wow. Natal fires a spinning backfist that just misses. Natal changes levels, shoots in, but is thwarted. Watson continues to move forward but is taking jabs in response. Natal plants a hard right hand. Watson is cranking up the offense but is having trouble breaking through Natal’s defense. Natal stuns Watson with a series of shots and then briefly takes him down. Watson looks for a choke along the fence but is thrown to the mat. Wow. Natal picks Watson up again and slams him to the floor. Fight ends.

Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

John Lineker vs. Ian McCall

McCall throws a few kicks to begin the fight. McCall follows up with a beautifully timed, double leg not long after. McCall lands an elbow from above and is trying to pass Lineker’s half guard. McCall throws a couple more shots and Lineker is attempting to work his way out. McCall is still maintaing top position as he promised he could do heading into the fight. McCall fires another elbow but Lineker is looking for a heel hook. McCall defends and round ends.

Round 2: Lineker wings a couple of hard punches to begin the round. McCall shots in for a takedown but gets caught in a guillotine. Wow. McCall defends. That was close. Lineker is on top but McCall scrambles to his feet. Lineker fires a hard left. The flyweights clash heads and the bout is temporarily halted. Lineker chucks another hard punch to the body. McCall tries another shot but gets shut down. Lineker storms in and threatens with some heavy punches. Lineker counters with a hard left. McCall shoots in again and gets countered with a choke attempt. McCall works his way out but takes some ground-and-pound punches. Round ends. Good frame for Lineker.

Round 3: Fight is likely at one round per fighter. McCall throws a switch kick but it doesn’t land flush. Lineker wings a right hand but misses. McCall storms in and fires a kick. Lineker takes another kick to the body. McCall shoots in again but can’t get it. Lineker lands a left as he chases McCall. Lineker clips McCall but the latter fires back. McCall is bloodied up. Lineker continues to hunt McCall with winging hooks. Once again, Lineker stuffs McCall’s takedown attempt. Wow. Both men are firing off punches. Fight ends. Great round. Lineker likely is the winner here.

John Lineker def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman

Herman fires a few shots to begin the fight and then gets blasted by a Brunson hook and jab. Herman crashes back into the cage, and after Brunson swarms in with shots, the fight’s called. Now that was fast. Crazy. Big win for Brunson.

Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman via TKO (punches) R1, 0:36

Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate 

Both women fires hard right hands to begin the fight. Tate eats a massive, overhand right and crumples to the floor. McMann is on top, but it looks like Tate’s recovered. McMann is trying to pass Tate’s guard. McMann fires an elbow. Tate is throwing punches from the bottom but McMann passes. The decorated wrestler is working from side mount. McMann isn hunting for a keylock but Tate defends. McMann lands several more shots from below but Tate threatens with a triangle. Round ends.

Round 2: McMann flurries in. Tate responds not long after with her own barrage of punches.  Tate comes in but eats a right hand. McMann lands several more shots. Tate takes yet another right hand and McMann clinches up. Tate blasts in and lands a couple hard shots. Wow. Tate slaps on a guillotine choke and McMann is trying to defend. Tate is on top and is looking for a one arm choke now. Round ends. What a turn around for Tate.

Round 3: Tate charges in but gets thrown. In the scramble, however, Tate gets on top. Tate is working from half guard and then passes into side control. Tate lands several elbows from the top. McMann takes several more punches. Tate traps McMann’s elbow with her leg and slams down a couple more elbows. McMann can’t get out from the bottom. Tate threatens with a Kimura but gives it up. Fight ends. What a comeback for Tate.

Miesha Tate def. Sarah McMann via majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)

UFC 183 Fight Pass Prelim Results and Play-by-Play

Alrighty. UFC 183’s Fight Pass prelims will be underway shortly in lovely Las Vegas, so let’s get to the action…

Before the prelims got underway, the UFC announced that a featherweight bout between Diego Brandao and Jim Hettes has been cancelled. The promotion said the fight was called off because Hettes experienced medical issues. No specific details were provided.

Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos

Both middleweights come out firing a lot of punches and kicks. Santos chucks a hard kick to the body of Enz, which the latter partially blocks. Enz plants a solid, counter right hand not long after. Wow. Another hard kick lands to the body of Enz. The American appears to be hurt. Santos swarms in and puts Enz down. Ref comes in to end the flurry of Santos. Impressive win for Santos.

Thiago Santos def. Andy Enz via TKO (kicks and punches) R1, 1:56

Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira 

Moreira throws a couple of kicks but there’s not much going on in the opening minute. Alcantara tries a head kick but slips to the mat. Moreira storms in and is winging hard punches. The middleweights clinch up. Moreira changes levels, and tries rolling Alcantara, but the latter winds up on top. Moreira does a nice job of sweeping Alcantara. Moreira’s working within the guard of Alcantara and then dives for a leg. Round ends.

Round 2: Alcantara fires a head kick that’s blocked. Once again, both guys start the round out slow. Alcantara starts getting busier with strikes. Alcantara chucks another head kick which appears to land somewhat well, but Moreira keeps coming. Alcantara fires another head kick that just misses. Moreira shoots in for a takedown but can’t get it. Fans are a booin….

Round 3: Alcantara continues to be the busier of the two. Moreira blasts in with an overhand right but misses. Alcantara is throwing a nice jab from the southpaw stance. Some fans are definitely not thrilled with this bout… Moreira clinches up but isn’t doing much. Then, Moreira tries throwing Alcantara down but the latter grabs the fence, and gets a warning from the ref. Both guys are throwing the occasional shot. Moreira shoots in for a single but Alcantara defends. Moreira blasts in with some heavy shots but misses. Fight ends and some fans in attendance offer another round of boos.

Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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