Anderson Silva Unanimously Approved for UFC 183 Fight License

January 12, 2015
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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for quite some time has been planning to fight Nick Diaz in the five-round main event at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

On Monday, Silva received the unanimous approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission to grant him a license to make the fight happen. Now, it’s just a matter of Silva remaining healthy and making weight prior to fight time.

Anderson-Silva-UFC-126-023-750x370Considering Silva’s age and recent medical history, it wasn’t necessarily a given that he would be granted a license, but he was.

The 39-year-old former champ, who suffered a severely broken leg at UFC 168 in December of 2013, provided the proper medical paperwork and sufficient reassurances to the Commission that he was indeed healed and ready to fight Diaz.

“I’m good. I’m very happy,” Silva told Nevada’s commissioners, before adding that his injured leg was now, “Good, great.”

SEE ALSO: Dana White: If Anderson Silva Wins, He Could Get Next UFC Middleweight Title Shot

Silva and Diaz are fighting in a non-title middleweight bout at UFC 183, but UFC president Dana White recently indicated that, shoulder Silva be successful and defeat Diaz, who could be the next opponent for the winner of the UFC 184 bout between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort.

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  • MikeMcK

    The surprising part is the commission deeming nick Diaz a proper opponent. Still surprised the commission is letting those one happen. Way to look out for fighter Safty.

    • Anderson’s mom

      I don’t see any difference between this and Lyoto vs CB Dolloway at 185.

      You can sugar coat it however you want. This is a tune up fight for Anderson.

  • cheflacsto

    Diaz more than likely walks around at 185-190 and Anderson is not a huge middleweight. if you are talking about their skillset, that is irrelevant. Anderson will probably win, but I don’t think Nick will be embarrassed.

  • Joe Dog

    For the sake of the fans, let’s just hope Diaz can last more than a few seconds before he picks up his check and Silva goes on to get another crack (pun intended) at Weidman.