Silva, Diaz return as main event for UFC 183

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to action on Jan. 31 in a 185-pound contest against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in Las Vegas.

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Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesAfter consecutive losses, Anderson Silva looks to get back on top when he returns to the Octagon.

Silva (33-6) has not fought since he fractured his tibia and fibula bones in his left leg during a TKO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December. The Brazilian recently received medical clearance, however, to accept the January fight.

UFC president Dana White announced the fight on “SportsCenter” on Tuesday. The bout will headline the UFC 183 pay-per-view event.

“The greatest of all time, Anderson Silva, is back,” 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.”

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 effectively announced his retirement after the loss and has sat out until now, at one point citing a contract dispute.

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