When: Saturday Night on PPV
Channels: Prelims on FoxSports, Main Card on PPV
Oh baby….fight fans rejoice once again!!
UFC 183 is finally upon us as two of MMA’s biggest stars return to the Octagon Saturday night in a clash for the ages. The greatest mixed martial artist in the history of the sport is back! Anderson “The Spider” Silva makes his highly anticipated return since his horrific leg break at the hands of current UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris Weidman. The Spider will take on none other than “The Stockton Strangler”, Nick Diaz in a title contention fight where each man could see yet another title fight with an impressive win.
Many are wondering if the former Champion will be the same fighter we knew him as before his injury. Many are also wondering if there will be any apprehension by the former Middleweight Champion to throw his lethal kicking arsenal. Many wonder where his mental state currently is. All of these questions will be answered tonight…and the world is eager to see him back.
Not to be outdone by a big star’s return is the enigma simply known as…Nick Diaz.
To say that Nick Diaz marches to the tune of his own beat is possibly the understatement of the decade. The man cares nothing about fame, limelight or any other spotlight at all. Nick Diaz only cares about training, fighting, getting paid big to do it, and the Cesar Gracie Fight Team….that’s it.
Nick’s been gone for a year and a half and the MMA world has sorely missed this talented fighter in and out of the cage. The fiery and ornery former Strikeforce Champion has the kind of style that gives any non-wrestler a lot to deal with. His all-world boxing skills, his elite level Jiu Jitsu, his ungodly cardio….and of course…his surreal toughness will definitely be put to the ultimate test against the legend, Anderson Silva. Diaz can expect to be hit repeatedly by all of the Spider’s limbs, and absorb a criminal amount of of punishment, but it’s just like Gilbert Melendez said…”who steps up to fight the greatest of all-time?……Nick Diaz baby!”
If this fight is a stand up fight…look for this one to be an all-time classic.
If Anderson Silva has no ill-effects mentally of his gruesome injury, this fight could end very quickly by vicious TKO by the former champion.
However, if this fight goes into the later rounds, watch for Nick Diaz to pour it on with an incredible volume of punches and pressure as only he can do. Each of these guys has a very unique style that always makes for exciting fights, and when these two guys get together to scrap…this one is surely to be a “dont-miss” fight with 2 of MMA’s biggest stars.
Hey Colorado….not only do we get treated to 2 iconic fighters like Nick and Anderson going to war this weekend, but we also get to see the return of Trials MMA head coach and another UFC veteran, Ed “Short Fuse” Herman. “Short Fuse” will face another veteran of the cages when he tangles with Derek Brunson on the free prelims shown on FoxSports.
Short Fuse’s last trip to the Octagon in December ended up being a wash when Brunson (the same opponent) suffered a stomach virus and was forced to drop out of the fight 5 minutes before Herman walked out to the cage. An obviously disappointed Herman had trained voraciously for 10 weeks, showed up ready to go…and ultimately didn’t’ get to display his skills and ….frustration was an understatement.
However, Ed Herman is back and ready to lock horns with Brunson after a few heated Twitter exchanges….so this one on FoxSports should be a really fun fight to watch. Make sure to tune in and show your support for Fort Collins’ own Trials Martial Arts & Fitness head coach, Ed “Short Fuse” Herman.