UFC 183 went off with a bang, but hit a few snags after the event concurred and all was said and done between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. The hype was there for the two legends of the sport, the action itself, was quite a different story. The co main event was not exactly a thriller either, with Woodley suffering from a broken foot, with Gastelum lagging due to a hospitalizing weight cut days before. Al Iaquinta continues to quietly climb the lightweight rankings, knocking off yet another tough and durable lightweight, Joe Lauzon. Not to be out done, Thiago Alves showed glimpses of his former self, landing a highlight reel liver kick to drop Jordan Mein. The predictions came up one short for the MMA Spotlight, this UFC Saturday however, will be a different story.
Anderson Silva Derails Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision – In what was considered a potential super fight of the year, the bout itself fell way off from expectation, and was more of a gimmick then an actual fight. Diaz openly mocked Silva throughout the fight, shaking his butt at him and at one point during the first round, laying on the canvas. Silva did not bite on the antics, and stayed true to the game plan, which led to a fairly active UFC main event. To make matters worse, both failed pre fight drug tests in which was reported days following the bout. Diaz tested positive for Marijuana, while Anderson Silva got nailed for PEDs, which is a much larger offense. Both could face suspension up to, if not more than, one year. The year was flowing so smoothly for the UFC in 2015, now their true metal will be tested as an organization.
Tyron Woodley Outlasts Kelvin Gastelum via Split Decision – If fighting with a broken foot was not enough for welterweight contender Tyron Woodley, fighting an overweight and extremely talented Kelvin Gastelum truly put him to test. Woodley was able to fend off the young up and coming fighter, but failed to really wow the UFC crowd with anything in particular. He did finally add a notch to the losing column for Gastelum, picking up his second win in a row. This is the time that Woodley really needs to separate himself from the rest of the division and establish himself as a contender for the welterweight championship.
Al Iaquinta Beats Down Joe Lauzon via TKO (Strikes) rd.2 – The lightweight division has been put on notice, Al Iaquinta and the Ray Longo camp are no joke. This is now the third technical knockout in a row; finishing the likes of Rodrigo Damm, Ross Pearson, and now Joe Lauzon during the streak. Iaquinta did a great job with his movement and combinations, sticking outside and really utilizing his striking ability to neutralize an always dangerous Lauzon. It will not be much of a surprise to see the New York native inside the top 15 sometime in the near future.
Thales Leites Taps Out Tim Boetsch via Submission(Arm Triangle) rd.2 – Thales Leites continues to show that he has become a much more dangerous fighter than when he first fought for the UFC title against Anderson Silva back in 2009. His striking is worlds beyond of what it used to be, and his submissions are just as lethal then before. Boetsch was able to get off some shots of his own in the early going, but Leites just seemed to overwhelm “The Barbarian” in the second round, as he succumbed to the patented arm triangle choke from the Brazilian. With his eyes set on the top ten of the division, Leites continues to make a comeback for the ages in the middleweight division.
Thiago Alves Vanquishes Jordan Mein via TKO(Body Kick/Strikes) rd.2 – Alves had the look of someone whom had been out of a UFC octagon in the first round, in the second round though, the crowd got quite the taste of the old “Pitbull”. Jordan Mein had his way with Alves early, almost finishing him in the first round. All it takes is one shot from Alves, and he picked the opportune time to land a kick to the liver of Mein. Mein dropped to the canvas immediately, leaving the ref no option but to jump in and save him. It has been a tough road for Thiago Alves the last few years, having to deal with multiple injuries keeping him out of the cage. A healthy Alves is a top 15 welterweight, hopefully MMA fans see more of him in the future.
In other notable bouts on UFC 183, Miesha Tate laid claim to her status in the women’s bantamweight division, out grappling and striking Sarah McMann to a Majority Decision. In what was thought to be a potential number one contender fight, John Lineker defeated Ian McCall in a flyweight bout, too bad Lineker horribly missed weight and has been ordered by Dana White to move up a weight class in spite. Results to all the prelim fights are listed below.
Miesha Tate outlasts Sarah McMann via Majority Decision
Derek Brunson finishes Ed Herman via TKO(Strikes) rd.1
John Lineker outlasts Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision
Rafael Natal outlasts Tom Watson via Unanimous Decision
Ildemar Alcantara edges Richardson Moreira via Split Decision m
Thiago Santos downs Andy Entz via TKO (Body Kick/Strikes) rd.1
UFC makes the trip to Colorado this Saturday, as Benson Henderson steps up a weight class to take on Brandon Thatch. It will be intriguing to see how the new weight class will affect “Smooth”, he has been beating the idea around to move up in weight for quite a while, maybe a new start will be for the best. For coverage of the fight and any other future UFC endeavors, stay tuned into the MMA Spotlight.
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