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UFC 183 fight card primer: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

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Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the main event: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz.

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In the main event at UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz, former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA; 16-2 UFC) takes on the always controversial Nick Diaz (26-9(1) MMA; 7-6 UFC). This five round Middleweight fight is the main event on the five fight UFC 183 main card. The UFC Rankings have Silva as the #1 contender at 185 pounds, #9 on the Pound for Pound list. Diaz is not ranked. UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz airs live from Las Vegas this Saturday, January 31. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at  8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.

For a non-title fight, this is about as big a fight as you can get. You have here arguably the greatest fighter in the history of MMA returning from over a year long absence, taking on another great fighter who always brings it. At the same time, it's also a real enigma of a fight. Silva comes in off a 13 month layoff and back to back losses. Diaz for his part has only fought once in the past three years, and also is on an 0-2 streak, making it very hard to know what to expect from either man. Yet this is still the return of Anderson Silva as he faces Nick Diaz. It's going to be big.

How do these two stack up?

Silva: 39 years old | 6'2" | 78" reach
Diaz: 31 years old | 6'0" | 76" reach

What have these two done recently?

Silva: L - Chris Weidman (TKO) | L - Chris Weidman (KO) | W - Chael Sonnen (TKO)
Diaz: L - Georges St. Pierre (UD) | L - Carlos Condit (UD) | W - B.J. Penn (UD)

How did these two get here?

Anderson Silva comes here by simply being the greatest MMA fighter in the history of the sport. His UFC Middleweight title run was the stuff of legend, and the 2013 title loss to Weidman is one of the biggest MMA moments in recent years. Everyone knows the story of the rematch, where Silva shattered his leg - a result some view as a second dominant Weidman win, and some view as a freak injury. Silva now comes back, and with a win here, he'll take a 3rd swing at the champ.

Diaz gets here by combining high level MMA skills with serious trash talking. Starting with a strong jiu jitsu base, Diaz added great boxing skills over the years, but it was his role as an loud mouthed antagonist that vaulted him into the main event spotlight. He was on an 11 fight win streak before losing to Carlos Condit in 2012, prompting him to take his ball and go home. A chance to settle his long simmering feud with Georges St. Pierre brought him back in 2013, but another loss there led to another retirement. Now he's back. For how long remains to be seen.

Why should you care?

Because when "Ain't No Sunshine" starts, you are going to lose your mind. The GOAT is here.