Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz will headline UFC 183 on Super Bowl weekend, and the man Dana White calls ‘the greatest of all time’ is a big favorite over the mercurial Diaz. Bovada Sportsbook opened The Spider as a -240 favorite on the Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz betting odds menu. The petulant Diaz was a +190 underdog, just about 2/1 odds.
Neither has fought in a year, as Silva comes off a gruesome broken leg suffered in his rematch with Chris Weidman. He is back in training and ready for action in a few months.
Diaz semi-retired after consecutive decision losses to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit. His bizarre behaviour and refusal to sign new UFC deals have puzzled MMA fans and kept him on the sidelines.
The spread was more one-sided at BetOnline where Silva opened at -385.
The fight will reportedly be at middleweight (185 pounds), which is Silva’s comfort zone and where he became the longest-reigning champion in UFC history. Diaz has fought primarily at welterweight (170 pounds) so there could be a considerable size advantage for Silva.
“The greatest off all-time Anderson Silva (33-6) is back. His doctor gave him clearance to fight. The fight the fans have been waiting for, the fight the fans have been screaming for. Also back is Nick Diaz so we have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. It will be the main event and it will be five rounds,” White said Tuesday.
Diaz (26-9, 1 no-contest) has often criticized other fighters for declining fights or refusing to fight if they are not 100 per cent healthy, so it’s hard to imagine him shying away from any fight.
No venue has been chosen for the fight card yet and no other fights have been announced. Watch the UFC odds pages here at Vegas Sports Betting for updates on the Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz betting situation, which will include props and over-under round betting.