What Happened When Nick Diaz Fought Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in His Last UFC Appearance

Published 09/05/2021, 1:41 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: Nick Diaz taunts his opponent in their middleweight bout during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Nick Diaz is set to return to the UFC Octagon at UFC 166. The Stockton native will take on Robbie Lawler in a rematch. The duo previously fought 17 years ago with Diaz claiming a knockout win. Diaz last fought at UFC 183 when he squared off against Anderson Silva in a middleweight clash.

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UFC 266 will end his hiatus from competition that has lasted for over 5 years. Diaz lost a decision in that fight. However, it was later ruled into a no-contest after Silva tested positive for PEDs and Diaz tested for marijuana. Nevertheless, the fight was a barn-burner and a classic that fans enjoyed from start to finish.

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Silva was returning to action since his horrific leg break at UFC 168 against Chris Weidman. Diaz, on the other hand, moved up a division for the contest as he has competed at the 170 lbs division for most of his career.

‘The Spider’ is one of the versatile strikers to ever grace the UFC Octagon. But Diaz is as tough as they come and his grit and heart were on full display.

Recap of Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz

The elder Diaz brother started the fight with his usual taunting habits. He mocked Silva with antics. He even lied on the Octagon at one point, provoking Silva to come at him.

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The Brazilian finally unloaded on Diaz. But despite landing some good shots, he couldn’t stop Diaz from overwhelming him. However, Diaz landed some good shots of his own as well.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: (R-L) Nick Diaz taunts Anderson Silva of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Both Silva and Diaz are two of the best stand-up fighters in the sport’s history. The match-up was a tremendous prospect for the fans and it didn’t disappoint by any means. Both fighters put on a show for the most part.

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Diaz lost a decision that time but he entertained the fans yet again. The same can be expected from him as he takes on another legend and former rival Robbie Lawler later this month.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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