On January 31, 2015, the eyes of the world will be on Las Vegas, as former middleweight champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson "The Spider" Silva makes his return to the Octagon® to do battle with one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport, former STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion Nick Diaz, in the main event of UFC® 183. Fathom Events and the UFC® are set to bring all the pulse-pounding Octagon® action of UFC® 183: SILVA vs. DIAZ to movie theaters nationwide on January 31 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT, broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets to watch UFC® 183: SILVA vs. DIAZ on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 360 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
The co-main event of the evening will see a battle of hard-hitting welterweights as undefeated Kelvin Gastelum (11-0) looks to remain perfect in the Octagon® when he squares off against another highly-regarded 170-pounder, Tyron Woodley (14-3).
Other bouts for UFC 183 include:
Lightweights Joe Lauzon (24-9, fighting out of Bridgewater, MA) and Al Iaquinta (10-3-1, fighting out of Wantagh, NY) will face off in the most high-profile fight of The Ultimate Fighter finalist Iaquinta's career.
Also, No. 13 Jordan Mein (29-9, fighting out of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) will meet former title challenger Thiago Alves (25-9, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.). The two men have 28 knockout victories between them and both possess impressive ground games to back up their skills on their feet.
In the prelims, two of the best women’s bantamweight fighters on the planet, second-ranked Miesha Tate (15-5, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) and No. 3 Sara McMann (8-1, fighting out of Gaffney, S.C.), are set to clash in a battle that will bring the winner of them one step closer to a rematch with world champion Ronda Rousey.
The full fight card is available at www.ufc.com/event/UFC183#/fight.
The UFC and Fathom announced that Fathom Events will continue to bring the best of mixed martial arts to select cinemas nationwide throughout the first quarter of 2015. Scheduled events include: UFC® 184: WEIDMAN vs. BELFORT on Feb. 28 and UFC® 185. Additional events, specific fight cards, and ticketing information can be found at the “THE TIME IS NOW” webpage.
“Fight fans have been waiting for the return of Anderson Silva to the Octogon,” said Fathom Events vice president of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens. “We are excited to be partnering with UFC again to bring this highly anticipated match up on the big screen, live.”
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts are live and subject to change.
About Fathom Events Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC. Fathom is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally, Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras – creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship® Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content.
The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT™ (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, Octagon™ branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter and Instagram: @UFC.
Theaters where the fight will also be shown are found at this link.