Hello fight fans! I hope you all had a great weekend and got to see UFC 183 like we did. It was a great fight night and I have to say it was a good night for fighters coming back from near defeats and injuries. If you haven’t seen the fights then better not read this because major spoilers follow.
I could talk about all the fights on this card but that would make for a huge article. As a fan and a reporter, I have to say this was one of the best cards so far this year. Lets talk about the last 3 fights of the night.
Al Iaquinta fought Joe Lauzon in a Lightweight battle that was going really good until Iaquinta, with his accurate striking, snatched victory from Lauzon by TKO in the 2nd round.
In the co-main event, in the Welterweight division, we had Tyron Woodley vs Kelvin Gastelum which read fireworks all over it and it didn’t disappoint us at all. The bigger story was Gastelum weighing 10 pounds too heavy and finding out that he was in the hospital the day before the weigh-ins getting fluids and rest. Woodley was aware of what was going on and decided to fight Gastelum anyway. Both of these men came to impress the fans and the UFC and were successful at it. Woodley took the win with a Unanimous Decision, handing Gastelum his first loss. But there was more to the evening when Dana White spoke about the need for Gastelum to move up in weight divisions in order for him to keep fighting in the UFC. This ties in with the article I wrote a few weeks ago about weight-cutting.
In the main event we had the return of 2 former champions, Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. They are two of the most popular UFC fighters to date. They are so popular that they helped to pull in strong numbers in both attendance and live gate receipts.
This was a major hyped-up Middleweight fight and it lived up to the hype, for sure. Diaz was really trying to goad Silva so that he could get into Silva’s head, but it didn’t work at all. Silva wasn’t playing Diaz’s game even when Diaz laid down on the mat the first 30 seconds of the match. After the first round we saw Diaz and Silva really box more then anything else and saw no ground game at all in this fight.
I have to say seeing Silva fight again after what happened to his leg made me question if his mental game was strong and it was. Silva was hesitant to throw leg kicks for a bit but after he relaxed and got into the fight we saw the leg kicks come out and the Silva of old was back.
Diaz looked just as good in his return after 2 years and employed the same style that he has always used. He demonstrated that his chin and body is as hard as they come by taking shots from Silva who is a dangerous striker. At the end of 5 action filled rounds, it was Silva that won the fight by UD.
Once again it was post-fight action that caught our attention when Silva dropped to the ground and started crying after his win. Silva said something in the post fight interview that is still making all of us wonder if this was the last time we will see Silva fight. I have said before that Silva has nothing to prove and has made enough money to retire. Silva still wants to fight but he stated that he is going to discuss the issue with his family and team members before he utters the word “retire”.
What do you fans think of the fights ?