Whoever scripted the first five minutes of the UFC 183 main event needs some kind award. Nick Diaz deserves a raise. Anderson Silva deserves a raise. Even the giant floating inanimate corporate object that has become the UFC has earned a pat on the back for booking Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva in the same cage, at the same time.
After UFC 183 Silva and Diaz may be best friends.
The opening round saw prime editions of Diaz and Silva stand toe to toe with one another. Diaz and Silva were video game characters fighting in an old school 2D style landscape. Diaz, threw respect out the window as he talked trash and taunted Silva without regard for his own safety.
For a few brief seconds Diaz made the mythical and majestic Silva turn into a Northern California state park brawler.
Silva transformed into the 2007-2009 incarnation of “The Spider”. Crushing body shots, beautiful head movement, and taunting jabs all landed on a game Diaz.
The rest of the fight? The final four rounds of Diaz vs. Silva were nothing to write home about but UFC 183 already gave Diaz, Silva, and fans five pure minutes of uninterrupted bliss.
As the score cards read 50-45, 49-46, and 50-45 a victorious Anderson Silva, the human being not fighter, broke down in tears. In defeat Diaz closed the night with a freestyle Diaz-ism that will be added to the Stockton canon. “Don’t cry. Don’t cry. You’re the man” Diaz said as he hugged and consoled a fallen Silva.
UFC 183: Emotions and Feelings