Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz set for UFC 183 on January 31st

After a number of rumors and much speculation. Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz has now been signed for Super Bowl Weekend at UFC 183 on January 31st.

UFC’s President Dana White yesterday broke the news on ESPN’s Sportscenter.

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Anderson Silva (33-6), who’s arguably the greatest MMA fighter to ever grace the sport returns to the Octagon for the first time, following a nasty injury in which ‘The Spider’ broke his leg in a freak accident against Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.

Silva, 39, steps back into the cage having spent little over a year on the sidelines. The former Middleweight Kingpin was last seen against the aforementioned Weidman for a shot at redemption having previously been stopped (via KO) by the unbeaten Champion.

Currently on a two-fight losing streak for an initial first in his professional career, Silva aims to break that pattern and get back into title contention in 2015. And his first hurdle begins at the turn of next year against one of MMA’s most beloved fighters in Nick Diaz.

Nick Diaz (26-9) also makes his long awaited return to the UFC. The match-up will mark a first Octagon appearance since March 2013 after losing to then Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.

Diaz, 30, like his upcoming opponent stares down the barrel of a two-fight losing streak having lost back-to-back bouts against GSP and Carlos Condit. Prior to both losses, Diaz, the former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion posted an incredible eleven-fight run.

Now with his first opponent lined up, Diaz aims to get his hand raised for the first time since a lopsided Unanimous Decision victory over B.J. Penn in 2011.

*Additional match-ups to the hotly anticipated card have yet to be announced.

Ultimate Fighting Championship, 31/01/15
“UFC 183”
Venue – TBA
Las Vegas, Nevada

Middleweight Bout
Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

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