Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva made a victorious return to the octagon at UFC 183 with a unanimous decision win over Nick Diaz.
Any questions about Silva’s left broken leg were put to bed by the second round, as he threw them just as before, while taking a few on them from Diaz.
It was a good performance, but for the first time in a long time, we did not see a finish. But, we did see some bizarre moments in the cage.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
In case you missed it, here’s a conversation with Miesha Tate.
Thales Leites, Tim Boestch secured Fight-of-the-Night, while Leites and Thiago Alves snagged performances of the night.
That means Leites snagged $100,000 USD in bonus money. while the others earned $50,000 USD.
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
THIAGO “MARRETA” SANTOS VS ANDY “LIONHEART” ENZ
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDY ENZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO
Andrews: A good performance by Santos, who caught Enz with a nice liver shot, saw he was hurt, then swarmed for the TKO finish.
RICHARDSON “RICK MONSTRO” MOREIRA VS IIDEMAR “MARAJO” ALCANTARA
ANDREWS PREDICTION: RICHARDSON MOREIRA VIA TKO
WINNER: ILDEMAR ALCANTARA VIA SPLIT DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andrews: That was a hard fight to watch. Not particularly exciting, but Alcantara did enough get the win.
DIEGO “DB” BRANDAO VS JIMY “THE KID” HETTES
EDITORS NOTE: FIGHT CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.
TSN 4 PRELIMS
RAFAEL “SAPO” NATAL VS TOM “KONG” WATSON
WISEMAN PREDICTION: RAFAEL NATAL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: RAFAEL NATAL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Andrews: Natal’s ground game and strikes were too much for Watson. It was that simple.
#3 IAN “UNCLE CREEPY” MCCALL VS #6 JOHN “HANDS OF STONE” LINEKER
WISEMAN PREDICTION: IAN MCCALL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: JOHN LINEKER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: What a performance by John Lineker. After getting out performed in the first round, he started landing shots that took some steam out of McCall. Then almost submitted him with the guillotine. But the problem is he can’t make 125.
ED “SHORT FUSE” HERMAN VS DEREK BRUNSON
WISEMAN PREDICTION: ED HERMAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: DEREK BRUNSON VIA TKO
Andrews: Brunson finished Herman quicker than it took took to type this. Excellent performance by Brunson.
#2 MIESHA TATE VS #3 SARA MCMANN
WISEMAN PREDICTION: SARA MCMANN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: MIESHA TATE VIA MAJORITY DECISION. (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
Andrews: This is why Tate is a fan favourite. She overcame the adversity of the first round where she was buckled by a McMann right, and then used her smarts, guillotine choke and grappling in the remaining rounds. McMann needs to work off her back more; she had no answers once she was forced to work off it.
#13 JORDAN “YOUNG GUN” MEIN VS THIAGO “PITBULL” ALVES
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JORDAN MEIN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: THIAGO ALVES VIA TKO.
Andrews: What a comeback by Alves. He caught Meins with a kick to the stomach after getting knocked around and secured the stoppage. It just goes to show you how anything can happen in the MMA game.
THALES LEITES VS TIM BOETSCH
WISEMAN PREDICTION THALES LEITES VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: THALES LEITES VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Great performances by both fighters, but Leites made better adjustments and secured the D’arce choke. After a string of boring decision wins, Leites is finishing guys left and right, Full marks to him.
JOE LAUZON VS AL “RAGING” IAQUINTA
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOE LAUZON VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: AL IAQUINTA VIA TKO
Andrews: An excellent performance by Iaquinta who caught Lauzon and in a surreal sequence, methodically picked him apart until the referee was forced to stop the bout. I agree with Rogan: Joe Lauzon is too tough for his own good.
TYRON WOODLEY VS KELVIN GASTELUM
Wiseman: Talk about tough matches. Woodley is that guy whose been been doing nothing but finishing people. His knockout power is formidable, but we learned something about him in the Rory MacDonald fight. When moving backwards and against the cage, he isn’t as effective. Woodley moving forward is a dangerous guy, but like Rory, Gastelum will push forward. The kicks and striking from strange angles will really help Gastelum take control of this fight and when Woodley loses control of a fight, he doesn’t get it back very well. I have Gastelum using his striking to put pressure on Woodley, shooting for a takedowns, tiring out Woodley to the fullest, then driving for a submission.
Wiseman Prediction: Kelvin Gastelum via submission.
ANDERSON “THE SPIDER” SILVA VS NICK DIAZ
WISEMAN PREDICTION: ANDERSON SILVA VIA TKO
WINNER: ANDERSON SILVA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Andrews: We saw a focused Silva tonight, which shouldn’t have been shocking, yet it was. Silva looked for openings and refused to play into the trash talk and hijinks of Diaz. Diaz he said he thought he won every round afterwards, which was bizarre. I thought Anderson was not trying to knock Diaz out, but work on his game. He didn’t fight a top-level opponent, but it was a good performance – particularly mentally – considering the return from a broken leg.