According to a Jan. 31 report from MMA Mania, UFC 183 is underway from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden. The event, which features an intriguing headliner of Anderson Silva against Nick Diaz, opened in decidedly wacky fashion, as one of the three fights on the preliminary card was scrapped at the last minute. UFC 183 was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. eastern time, but was pushed back by 30 minutes due to the fight cancellation.
The UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC 183 card was originally scheduled to feature three fights, but it was cut to two in the 11th hour. With fans still filing into their seats, it was announced that Jimy Hettes’ fight with Diego Brandao was cancelled. No replacement fight was made, so that left just 11 fights on the entire UFC 183 bill. Hettes is expected to make a full recovery, and his fight with Brandao may be rescheduled for a later date.
Fighter safety is more important than anything, so the UFC deserves props for postponing the bout. The UFC 183 Fight Pass prelims ended up having just two fights, one between Ildemar Alcantara and Richardson Moreira, and another pitting Andy Enz against Thiago Santos. The fight between Enz and Santos had a delayed start because of the cancellation.
Hettes’ fight with Brandao was cancelled at the last minute because the former was ill. Hettes apparently passed out backstage, so he wasn’t cleared to fight. The issue likely had to do with the severe weight cut he was forced to endure to make it to 145 pounds. In other preliminary card action on the UFC 183 fight card, Rafael Natal collided with Tom Watson at 185 pounds.
Shortly before the UFC 183 pay-per-view, the FOX Sports 1-televised portion of the bill was capped off by a female bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Sara McMann. With both women looking to get back into the 135-pound title picture, it was a key fight on the UFC 183 bill. After opening her UFC career with two losses, Tate bounced back with two wins in a row.
Now with a fight against McMann, she’s in prime position to jump back into title contention. Will Tate ever receive another title shot against Rousey? In order to get that shot, she’ll need to defeat McMann. In the UFC 183 main event, Silva looks to cement his legacy as the greatest of all-time, with a historic clash against Diaz.
Much like Silva, Diaz is riding a losing streak and desperately hoping to hop back into title contention. After going nearly three years without a win, Diaz is hungrier than ever. Silva might be his toughest test yet, being that he’s considered the best fighter to ever enter the Octagon. Even at the tender age of 39, Silva likely has some gas left in the tank.