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A Legend Rises As Anderson Silva Clashes with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 Saturday, January 31 in Las Vegas

Plus:
MIESHA TATE (#2) vs. SARA MCMANN (#3)
JORDAN MEIN (#13) vs. THIAGO ALVES
THALES LEITES (#11) vs. TIM BOETSCH (#14)
 
TICKETS FOR UFC® 183: SILVA vs. DIAZ
AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA – LAS VEGAS
ON SALE FRIDAY, NOV. 21

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LAS VEGAS – One of the biggest sports weekends of the year will see the return of one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts, as UFC® legend and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes his return to the Octagon® to face one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport, former STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion Nick Diaz, on Saturday,  Jan. 31 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
  
Widely considered the greatest mixed martial artist in history, Silva (33-6, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil), will make his return after a devastating leg injury that sidelined him for more than a year. In his way will be the enigmatic Stockton bad boy Diaz (27-9-1, fighting out of Stockton, Calif.), who has been asking for a showdown with the “The Spider” for years. This 185-pound superfight is sure to be one of the best fights of 2015.
 
In addition, two of the best women’s bantamweight fighters on the planet clash as second-ranked Miesha Tate and No. 3 Sara McMann will battle it out to take one step closer to a rematch with champion Ronda Rousey. Tate (15-5, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) has long been one of the premiere names in women’s MMA, and after dominant performances in her last two outings she once again finds herself on the brink of title contention. On the other side of the Octagon will be another former title challenger hoping to earn a chance to avenge the only loss of her career. McMann (8-1, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.), a  silver medalist in women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2004 Olympic Games, will need to use her elite-level wrestling to dictate where the fight goes in order to secure her spot atop the division.
 
Also, in a battle of hard-hitting welterweights, No. 13 Jordan Mein (29-9, fighting out of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada) will meet former title challenger Thiago Alves (25-9, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.). Together, the two men have 28 knockout victories and the ground game to back up their skills on the feet. With Mein being one of the brightest young stars in the division, a win over a former title contender such as Alves will put him in prime position to battle a top-10 opponent in his next outing.
 
Other bouts for UFC 183 include:
  • Currently riding a four-fight win streak, eleventh-ranked middleweight Thales Leites (24-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes on No. 14 Tim Boetsch (18-7, fighting out of Sunbury, Pa.), who is coming off a second round knockout win over Brad Tavares.
  • In a classic striker vs. grappler match Tom Watson (17-7, fighting out of Southampton, England) will fact Rafael Natal (18-6-1, fighting out of New York, N.Y.) in a middleweight showdown.
  • A featherweight showdown between The Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner Diego Brandao (22-10, fighting out of Manaus, Brazil) and submission ace Jimy Hettes (11-2, fighting out of Swoyersville, Penn.).
  • Submission specialist Richardson Moreira (7-3, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets countryman Ildemar Alcantara (20-7, fighting out of Soure, Para, Brazil) in a middleweight showdown.
  • Middleweight jiu-jitsu ace Andy Enz (8-2, fighting out of Anchorage, Alaska) squares off against former The Ultimate Fighter®: Brazil 2 contestant Thiago Santos (9-3, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
 
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.
 
Tickets for UFC® 183: SILVA vs. DIAZ go on sale Friday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $350, $200 and $125 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.mgmgrand.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
 
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Nov. 20 starting at 12 p.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
 
Get your VIP package today! The UFC VIP Experience packages together your tickets with behind-the-scenes access to the official weigh-ins, backstage tours, meet and greet and autograph signings with top UFC stars, Q&A sessions, and photo opportunities, access to an in-arena VIP party room, a chance to hold the championship belt inside the Octagon® and more!
 
UFC®183: SILVA vs. DIAZ will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High -Definition.
  
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Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTSUFC Fight Club®UFC Fan Expo®UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFCTwitter and Instagram: @UFC.
 
About the MGM Grand Garden Arena 
The Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 14,000 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. 
 
The Grand Garden Arena is known for hosting legendary events such as world championship boxing featuring the legends of the sport – Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and many more. The venue also has been home to many premier UFC fights.  Music lovers have experienced some of the industry’s biggest stars at the Grand Garden Arena including performances by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert.  The Grand Garden Arena also hosts a variety of special events and sporting events annually including major awards shows, college basketball, pre-season NHL and NBA games, among others. The Grand Garden Arena is operated by a joint venture, the interest of which is owned 50% by a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and 50% by a subsidiary of AEG that also owns and operates T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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