Nick Diaz did a little first-round taunting and joking, but Anderson Silva got the last laugh Saturday night at UFC 183.
Silva’s return was a wildly successful one as the 39-year-old won a unanimous decision over Diaz in Las Vegas. The three judges scored the fight 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46, all for Silva.
The fight was Silva’s first since Dec. 28, 2013, when he broke his tibia against Chris Weidman.
?This is a very important moment for me, a very important moment for my family and all Brazilians,? Silva said, via UFC.com. ?I went through a lot of suffering the past year. In the beginning, I didn?t know if I would be able to come back.?
Diaz was returning from an even longer layoff, as Saturday night was his first bout since March 2013.
Here are the rest of the results from Saturday night’s main card:
Tyron Woodley defeated Kelvin Gastelum (Decision)
Al Iaquinta defeated Joe Lauzon (KO/TKO)
Thales Leites defeated Tim Boetsch (Sumbission)
Thiago Alves defeated Jordan Mein (KO/TKO)
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