By Zach Arnold | January 31, 2015
"Don't cry. Don't cry. You're the man" – Nick Diaz to Anderson Silva, after calling him a bitch and pussy in the first 30 secs of the fight.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) February 1, 2015
Wanderlei Silva said it was “worse than WWE.” Anderson Silva cried after winning the UFC 183 main event fight with Nick Diaz by unanimous decision.
Anderson just apologized to his son, said a fighter is what he is, and told the Combate reporter that he thinks he fights again.
— Matheus Aquino (@MatheusDCAquino) February 1, 2015
Heading into Saturday night’s fight, there was some murmuring that Nick Diaz was having a challenging training camp. Of course, there were rumors about Anderson Silva’s possibly-challenging training camp as well. Two rusty fighters put right back in the spotlight. The end result was no surprise. It probably will come as no surprise that Anderson Silva doesn’t look ready to fight Chris Weidman any time soon.
Chris Weidman isn’t ready for Chris Weidman to fight any time soon, either. With his fight against Vitor Belfort off the Staples Center card in late February, Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano is the main event. There were high hopes & expectations heading into the Los Angeles event, as it has been rumored that over 10,000 tickets were sold for the event. With a new main event, it will be interesting to see if there are a substantial amount of refunds or if Ronda can cement her status as a true marketing ace for UFC.
UFC 183 attendance was 13,114 for a $4.5M gate. Those are great numbers for this fight. A lot of Brazilians flew over to watch Anderson #mma
— MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) February 1, 2015
Saturday night’s UFC 183 card wrapped up a pretty successful January campaign for Zuffa:
- Tyron Woodley defeated Kelvin Gastelum after three rounds by split decision. This fight, like the main event, did not generate the best of reactions from the audience.
- Al Iaquinta blasted Joe Lauzon by TKO in R2 in 3′34.
- Thales Leites submitted Tim Boetsch in R2 in 3′45 with a triangle choke.
- Thiago Alves KO’d Jordan Mein in the second round.
- Miesha Tate prevailed over Sara McMann in a very spirited contest (majority decision win).
Despite the mostly good news for UFC coming out of January’s events, the respectable Iain Kidd at Bloody Elbow claims there is evidence of long-term concerns with UFC’s PPV model. There remains a great debate as to whether or not the WWE Network business model (now claiming 1 million served) is the way to go and that PPV is on its way out. I remain skeptical on any sky-is-falling claims about PPV as a dying business model. If you have fighters who the general public view as stars, you’re going to sell PPVs whether it’s on cable/satellite or the internet.