Following that devastating loss to Chris Weidman last December, Anderson Silva is set to return to action.
The UFC announced Tuesday (July 29) on SportsCenter that the former UFC middleweight champ will take on Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015.
“The greatest of all time, Anderson Silva, is back,” UFC president Dana White said. “Also back is Nick Diaz. So we have made Anderson Silva-Nick Diaz on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. It will be the main event, and it will be five rounds.”
Silva (33-6) has not fought since he fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his left leg during a TKO loss to Weidman at UFC 168 in December.
“We just literally made this fight five minutes ago,” White said. “Anderson Silva feels great. He’s facing a 13-month layoff — a lot of fighters are off 13 months before they fight next. He is 100 percent healthy, kicking again and chomping at the bit to get back in the Octagon.”
Diaz (26-9) has not fought since a unanimous decision loss to Georges St-Pierre in a UFC welterweight title fight in March 2013. He announced his retirement after the bout and has not returned … until now.