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Fans invited to UFC 183 festivities

Fans invited to UFC 183 festivities

January 26, 2015

The UFC returns to its Las Vegas home base this week for a highly anticipated card featuring arguably the greatest fighter of all time.

UFC 183 takes place Saturday, and airs on pay-per-view, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is between brash former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz.

On Wednesday, fans can attend the open workouts with Silva and Diaz. The event is free and open to the public and takes place on the floor of the MGM Grand casino adjacent to the race and sports book.

The headlining fighters will work out and meet the media in 30-minute blocks starting at 1 p.m. PT local time with Diaz, then continuing with Silva.

On Thursday, fans can attend the event’s “Ultimate Media Day,” which takes place in Studios A & B at MGM Grand. Doors open to the public at 12:30 p.m. PT, and the fighters will meet the media at 1 p.m.. At 2 p.m. ET, UFC President Dana White will square the fighters off for the media.

Fighters scheduled to attend include Silva, Diaz, co-main event welterweights Tyron Woodley and Kelvin Gastelum, lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta, women’s bantamweights Miesha Tate and Sara McMann and flyweight contenders Ian McCall and John Lineker.

Friday’s weigh-ins will take place MGM Grand Garden Arena at 4 p.m. PT. Ahead of the weigh-ins, recent UFC Fight Night 59 winner and upcoming featherweight title challenger Conor McGregor will host a Q&A session for UFC Fight Club members at 2 p.m. ET. Doors open to the public for the weigh-ins at 3 p.m.

The full UFC 183 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Thales Leites
  • Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Sara McMann vs. Miesha Tate
  • Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman
  • John Lineker vs. Ian McCall
  • Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
  • Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
  • Andy Enz vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Source: MMAJunkie