Nick Diaz on first-round antics against Anderson Silva: 'He stayed the hell away from me'
Anderson Silva might have won the fight, but Nick Diaz definitely dominated the troll game.
Silva has been known throughout his career for clowning his opponents, dropping his hands and begging his foes to hit him in the mouth. It's what got Silva caught when he lost the UFC middleweight title to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July 2013.
However, Diaz definitely out-taunted the master Saturday night in Silva's unanimous decision victory at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena...
Joe Silva's Shoes: What next for UFC 183's winners?
Nearly seven months after the fight was announced, UFC 183 finally saw Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz collide inside the octagon.
“The Spider’s” ability to return from one of the most gruesome injuries in UFC history was the main storyline going into Saturday’s event. Silva (34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC) got the job done with a unanimous-decision victory over Diaz (24-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC), the former Strikeforce champion.
While all eyes were on UFC 183’s headliner, the remainder of the main card also provided some meaningful results as Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Al Iaquinta (11-3-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Thales Leites (25-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Thiago Alves (21-9 MMA, 13-6 UFC) all recorded impressive victories.
After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker...
Paige VanZant responds to criticism over 'hot girls' comments: 'We were born this way'
Paige VanZant has quickly asserted herself as one of the brightest personalities and most promising young fighters of the strawweight division. While she didn't compete as a cast member of TUF 20, and thus didn't have a shot at winning the inaugural title, she put on a dazzling performance in her debut against Kailin Curran. Coupled with her willinness to embrace the spotlight, she's out-shown many of her peers, even without the platform of TUF to do it. In her media scrum at UFC 183, she went so far as to say she "dodged a bullet" by staying out of the TUF house, and given the attention she's gained, it's hard to disagree.
Woodley is a champion at life - won't take 30% fine from Gastelum
What Americans call soccer, Brazilians call it o jogo bonito - the beautiful game. When after the fight Anderson Silva fell to the mat, overcome, in tears. A concerned Nick Diaz came over and helped him up, and offered encouraging words. It was beautiful.
Earlier in the night, Tyron Woodley decisioned Kelvin Gastelum. Gastelum had missed weight so egreriously that the Nevada Athletic Commission fined him 30% of his purse, and apparently intended to give it to Woodley. Woodley declined it.
"He lost the fight, he missed weight, that's punishment enough," said Woodley as transcribed by Dave Doyle. "I don't want to take his money. He's a young kid, I know what it's like to barely have enough money to feed my family. I don't want his money."
Even in defeat, Nick Diaz loses nothing of original value
The good thing about novelty fights is that they’re more about captivating imagination than they are any relevance to the title structure. Sometimes slugging ten shots of hard stuff and saying to hell with tomorrow is the only way to truly convince yourself of the moment. Sometimes you need Nick Diaz versus Anderson Silva to remember the power of impulse.
The bad thing is that somebody has to lose.
Ronda Rousey on Cyborg Justino's fight in LA: 'I'll worry about her later'
Cris "Cyborg" Justino is doing her best to get Ronda Rousey's attention.
The former Strikeforce and current Invicta featherweight champion will defend her title against Charmaine Tweet at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 27.
That's just one night before Justino's nemesis, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, defends her title at Staples Center, just 1.8 miles down the road from the Shrine, against undefeated Cat Zingano.
But according to Rousey, she's not going think about Cyborg until she has to.