Anderson Silva returns to the Octagon after a career-threatening injury to take on Nick Diaz in the main event at UFC 183 on Saturday, while Tyron Woodley and Kelvin Gastelum lock horns to determine who has the upper hand in the race for a welterweight title shot in the co-main event. Will Redmond Jersey . Watch all the preliminary action LIVE on TSN4 beginning at 8pm et/5pm pt. Here are TSN.cas predictions for all the action from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. -- MAIN CARD: Anderson Silva (33-6) vs. Nick Diaz (27-9-1) Andrew Robichaud, TSN.ca Silva - Its been more than a year since we last saw Silva in the Octagon and you can be sure he has been itching to get back. Will he be rusty, tentative or just the same old clinical Spider fans know and love? Silva is in unfamiliar territory and this return could prove to be the toughest test of his career. Diaz - Respected and yet underrated in so many ways, Diaz is one of the best strikers and most conditioned athletes in all of mixed martial arts. As most would say entering the Octagon with Silva, Diaz will need to be all that and more in one of the toughest bouts of his career. PICK: Silva via TKO Ken Rodney, TSN.ca Silva - Its hard to argue that Anderson Silva isnt the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, but until the bell rings we wont know if post-injury Silva is the same fighter. He will need to truly be 100 per cent and have the gruesome injury in his rearview because there will be no rounding into shape in this fight, it will be a war from start to finish. Diaz - Amazing to think of someone with Diazs accomplishments as either underrated or underestimated but the former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion is exactly that heading into this bout. He wont take a backwards step physically or mentally and has the endurance to fight at peak level for five rounds. PICK: Silva via TKO -- Tyron Woodley (14-3) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (11-0) Robichaud Woodley - He has beaten a whos who of welterweights but faltered when it mattered most. Woodley was forced back to the drawing board in pursuit of a title shot after a loss to Rory Macdonald in June 2014 but he is once again one step away from a realistic shot at gold. Gastelum - Dont worry if you havent admitted yet that Gastelum is the real deal because he has no problem proving it every fight. As the competition gets tougher, the Ultimate Fighter winner stands taller. His future looks bright and a victory should move the unbeaten 23 year old into title contention. PICK: Gastelum via decision Rodney Woodley - Looking to earn himself a title shot, Woodley needs to build on his first round victory over Dong Hyun Kim. The 32-year-old holds impressive victories but also a string of untimely losses that have derailed his climb to the top. Gastelum - Undefeated, Gastelum will have to look to push the pace against his veteran opponent to wear him down. The welterweight title picture is jam packed right now but when it shakes itself out, a flawless record would be a sure ticket to being noticed. PICK: Gastelum via decision -- Joe Lauzon (24-10) vs. Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) Robichaud Lauzon - One of the UFCs most recognizable journeyman finds himself in prime real estate on a big card. Lauzon has won and lost in every way imaginable over his 34-fight career and is one win away from matching a career-high three-fight winning streak in the UFC. Iaquinta - A journeyman in his own right, Iaquintas climb up the UFC ladder has been a long and slow one. With five wins in his last six fights, the lightweights steady rise could get a much-needed jolt with a win in Sin City. PICK: Lauzon via decision Rodney Lauzon - After dropping two fights in a row, Lauzon is back on the right track riding a winning streak consisting of victories over Michael Chiesa and Mac Danzig. With 17 of his wins coming by submission, working this fight to the ground has to be a key part of his strategy. Iaquinta - While his opponent tends to towards the submission, Iaquinta has stopped his last two bouts with punches in the second and third round respectively. Hell be looking to land the big bomb while avoiding getting caught and tapped out. PICK: Iaquinta via TKO -- Thales Leites (24-4) vs. Tim Boetsch (18-7) Robichaud Leites - Four straight respectable victories still has Leites on the outside looking in at the upper half of the middleweight divison. Call Boetsch the true Litmus test for the 33 year old as some title-worthy competition waits around the corner. Boetsch - Rocky times have fallen on Boetsch, who has two wins in his last five fights. Also 33, he has a flair for the dramatic and has won and lost in the most unexpected situations. The big question with each one of his fights is which Tim Boetsch will show up? PICK: Leites via TKO Rodney Leites - Since returning to the UFC, Leites has earned two decision and two knockout victories as he tries to break into the middleweight top 10. He needs to keep stockpiling victories to earn his way into the title picture. Boetsch - Inconsistency is the name of Boetschs game as he has posted two straight 1-1 years stopping any momentum he has been able to build. However, he does have knockout power and will need to use it to have his arm raised in this bout. PICK: Leites via decision -- Jordan Mein (29-9) vs. Thiago Alves (25-9) Robichaud Mein - Despite key losses to welterweight contenders Matt Brown and Tyron Woodley, the Alberta product has steamrolled his way into the ranks at 170 pounds. He is explosive, cunning and a growing danger for his opponents. A win gives him the opportunity to start targeting up the ranks. Alves - We all know what Alves is capable of, but that period of his career feels like a lifetime ago for the former welterweight title contender. He has three wins in his last seven fights, which brings to light the harsh reality that Alves days of dominance may be over. PICK: Mein via decision Rodney Mein - Continuing his climb in the welterweight division, the Canadian has earned victories in three of his four UFC bouts with only one of those wins reaching the scorecards. Alves - Fought Georges St-Pierre for the belt at UFC 100 and has lost as many as hes won since tasting defeat that night in Las Vegas. He earned a lot of TKO victories earlier in his career, but hasnt had one since 2008. 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Wholesale Packers Jerseys . -- What Anthony Jennings lacked in experience, LSU more than compensated for with a talented supporting cast in the Outback Bowl.BEREA, Ohio - Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw will come off Clevelands practice squad and start the season finale on Sunday against Baltimore.With Brian Hoyer still slowed by a sore right throwing shoulder, Shaw will be behind centre when the Browns (7-8) conclude another disappointing season against the Ravens, who still have a shot at the playoffs.Im excited about it, Shaw said following practice. It was a good week of practice and I had a lot of support from coaches and teammates and Im confident going into this game with the game plan. Well see what happens on Sunday.An undrafted free agent, Shaw is the third quarterback to start for the Browns this season and the 22nd for the franchise since 1999.After learning hell start, Shaw tweeted: #22.Its the third straight season and fourth time in five seasons that Clevelands No. 3 quarterback has started the finale.Hoyer starter Clevelands first 13 games before being benched and rookie Johnny Manziel was placed on injured reserve this week after injuring his hamstring last weekend at Carolina in his second start. Hoyer is listed as doubtful for Sundays game, and if he cant dress, Tyler Thigpen, who was siigned earlier this week, will back up Shaw. Lucas Patrick Jersey. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer has improved, but the team is moving forward with Shaw, who will be facing a notoriously difficult defence with plenty to play for.Its a challenge, Pettine said. You cant sugar coat that. If we can stick to our formula, we still feel good about going down there. ... We would never go into a game thinking we dont need to play as well defensively. Thats the formula to win, but the obvious statement is that youre starting an undrafted rookie quarterback.I dont think that were going to look to go down there and try to win one 41-38. It needs to be along the lines of 3-2.Shaw went 27-5 in four years with the Gamecocks. He has spent this season on Clevelands practice squad and running the scout team during practice.The 23-year-old expects to have some butterflies before kickoff.I get a little bit anxious before any game just like any athlete would, he said. But once you step on the field for the first couple plays it all goes away and its just playing football like you always have.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
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