UFC 183 Preview
The return of The Spider highlights a deep card
This is a really, really good card! Possibly the biggest main event of the year, yes even without a title on the line, we have two of the most popular and polarizing fighters returning to the octagon in Anderson Silva & Nick Diaz, to face one another. On top of that we get a welterweight match up between two title contenders in Woodley & Gastelum!
With all that being said, lets get into the fights!
Main Event: Anderson Silva v Nick Diaz
This is a very interesting fight, with a lot of questions. What Anderson Silva will we see? What kind of shape will Nick Diaz be in? For my money, Anderson Silva is bar none the greatest Mixed Martial Artists of all time! I dare you to watch all of his fights, I have never missed one, and try to argue against him as the best ever.
Nick Diaz on the other hand is another one of those guys that us as fight fans love. The time he told KJ Noons “Don’t be scared homie!” will live on forever! But he hasn’t fought since March of 2013 and that was his 2nd loss in a row, albeit to GSP, but he wasn’t having his best success at the time.
With all that being said, I think Silva starts his return to retire with the title, as it always should have been.
Winner: Anderson Silva via 2nd rd TKO.
Tyron Woodley v Kelvin Gastelum
This is my early prediction for fight of the night! We have two fighters who both have high levels of wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and who can stand their own on the feet.
Woodley’s biggest advantage is his experience. He’s 32 years of age and has 17 professional bouts under his belt. I also give him a distinct advantage on the feet. He has been knocking a lot of people out as of late.
What needs to be said of Kelvin Gastelum, he has been the underdog ever since his first fight in the UFC against Uriah Hall. He won that fight and he hasn’t looked back since. He’s young (23) and he’s evolved with every fight he has won.
Ultimately I think Woodley is Kelvin’s biggest test so far, but a test that he will pass nonetheless.
Winner: Kelvin Gastelum via Unanimous Decision
Joe Lauzon v Al Iaquinta
If you want to talk experience, look no further than the 30 year old Joe Lauzon who has 33 professional mixed martial arts fights under his belt. He is known very his very high level of jiu-jitsu, and highlight reel submission finishes.
Iaquinta is a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, but he seems to be more comfortable on his feet. His last two victories have come by way of knockout, and even though he has a jiu-jitsu background, he wants no part of Joe Lauzon on the ground.
When it’s all said and done, I think experience and technique will shine through for Lauzon.
Winner: Joe Lauzon via 2nd rd Submission (rear naked choke)
Thales Leites v Tim Boetsch
Another intriguing fight here between two seasoned veterans of mixed martial arts and the UFC.
Leites is the slighter larger fighter with a 3 inch reach advantage, who also is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Who his on a very impressive 4 fight win streak since returning to the UFC.
Boetsch, in his own right, has some very impressive wins as of late, including wins over Hector Lombard, CB Dolloway, & Brad Tavares. Those wins though are cluttered with losses around them.
Boetsch is awfully inconsistent and not as polished a fighter as Leites.
Winner: Thailes Leites via Unanimous Decision
Jordan Mein v Thiago Alves
This fight can be summed up in three words, youth versus experience.
The crazy thing though is at 25 years of age, Jordan Mein has more professional MMA fights (38) than his elder the 31 year old Thiago Alves (29). But Alves has plenty more UFC experience and that matters in terms of level of competition.
Jordan Mein is a part of the new age mixed martial artist. Most older guys would come to mixed martial arts with a certain expertise, whether that be boxing, jiu-jitsu, karate, etc. Mein, and a lot of the younger guys, have been trained mixed martial arts their whole lives. A mix of all the martial arts, which makes these kids very dangerous.
Alves will rely heavily on his experience and his jiu-jitsu, he is a brown belt. If he can handle the initial storm that Mein comes out with, and take the fight to the ground. If not it will be a bad day at the office for this UFC veteran.
Winner: Jordan Mein via 1st Rd KO