According to a July 29 report from MMA Fighting, Brazilian MMA legend Anderson Silva (33-6) returns from a year on the sidelines to fight former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz on next year's Super Bowl weekend, in a bout expected to headline UFC 183. Silva vs. Diaz goes down Jan. 31, 2015, in Las Vegas. The venue is expected to be the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
UFC President Dana White confirmed that Silva vs. Diaz will headline UFC 183, but no other bouts were announced. Historically, the UFC reserves its greatest bouts for Super Bowl weekend cards. That said, the UFC 183 co-main could be a big one, perhaps featuring Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano. Time will tell if Rousey vs. Carano gets booked for the UFC 183 co-main, but many fans think that would be a nice spot for it.
Since Rousey is expected to finish Carano in the first round, the UFC might not want to make it a main event. Rousey vs. Carano would fit in well as the co-main of a stacked card that already has a big-time main event, so that's why it would work for UFC 183. Carano is currently in contract negotiations with the UFC. As for Rousey, she doesn't have her next fight planned. Rousey is currently recovering from a broken hand, so she's not expected to fight until Super Bowl weekend of next year.
As for Silva vs. Diaz, its quite an interesting clash between two well-known, highly-respected veteran brawlers. Silva and Diaz are both looking to snap two-fight losing skids. Silva lost back-to-back fights against Chris Weidman. He'll likely head into the bout with Diaz as a heavy favorite, since he typically does well against boxers. Silva struggles with opponents who have a solid wrestling base, but he does fine against strikers.
Since Diaz is known for his elite boxing and not so much for wrestling, Silva will be favored heading into the fight. Diaz is riding a two-fight losing skid, as he dropped decisions to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit. Silva vs. Diaz will be fought at 185 pounds. More details and fight announcements for UFC 183 will be revealed in the days and weeks ahead. UFC fans should plan for an exciting weekend of bouts.