Anderson "The Spider" Silva Receives Unanimous Approval To Fight at UFC 183

Published on January 13th, 2015 7:03 pm EST

Earlier this week, Anderson "The Spider" Silva was subjected to a line of questioning from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

This is standard procedure with anybody who is planning on fighting in the state of Nevada that is over 35 years old. The NSAC asked Silva a number of questions about his training routine before unanimously deciding to grant Silva a license to fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st, 2015.

In addition to granting the former Middleweight champion a license, the NSAC also set the referee for the fight (John McCarthy) as well as the judges (Glenn Trowbridge, Marcos Rosales and Sal D'Amato).

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UFC 183 will see the returns of both Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz following lengthy absences for both fighters.

Anderson Silva was last seen at UFC 168 (December 28th, 2013) when he lost to Chris Weidman via second round TKO due to injury. While attempting a leg kick, Anderson Silva shattered his leg and has been out of commission ever since. The injury was so severe, in fact, that many people thought that "The Spider" would never return to the Octagon.

Nick Diaz, on the other hand, was last seen in the UFC in March of 2013 when he lost to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158. Diaz, who reportedly received millions of dollars for the fight, was very distressed after losing to GSP and took an extended hiatus from the UFC. In 2014, the UFC and Diaz agreed to a new contract and Diaz agreed to take on Anderson Silva at Middleweight. As Diaz has said, he is only interested in "big" fights moving forward.

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Many people thought that the fight between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz would never happen but it certainly appears to be moving forward at this point.


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