Diaz taunted Silva relentlessly in the opening moments of tonight’s main event, and at one juncture, the outspoken fighter even laid on the Octagon floor. While Silva seemed somewhat reserved in the opening rounds of the fight, the former middleweight champ began to crank up the offense as the fight wore on.
Diaz never appeared to be in danger of getting stopped, but by the fifth round, it seemed pretty clear that the bloodied fighter needed a stoppage to get the win. After the bout concluded, Silva was awarded the unanimous decision victory, and “The Spider” broke into tears. The bout marked the first time Silva has fought, since he broke his leg while fighting Chris Weidman in December, 2013.
When Silva was asked about whether he’ll fight again, he noted that his family wants him to retire, and said he’ll take some time to think about what’s next. Diaz, meanwhile, relayed in his post fight interview that he thought he won the fight.
Here are the results from tonight’s card, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (punches) R2, 3:34
Thales Leites def. Tim Boetsch via technical submission (arm-triangle-choke) R2, 3:45
Thiago Alves def. Joran Mein via TKO (kick and punches) R2, 0:39
Miesha Tate def. Sarah McMann via majority decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-28)
Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman via TKO (punches) R1, 0:36
John Lineker def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rafael Natal def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ildemar Alcantara def. Richardson Moreira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thiago Santos def. Andy Enz via TKO (kicks and punches) R1, 1:56