The hype and anticipation for UFC 168 has been building for months. Ever since Chris Weidman’s improbable knock out of Anderson Silva back in July fight fans have had December 28th circled on their calendars.
Silva/Weidman 2 could be the only fight on the UFC 168 card and people would be happy. But this card is truly stacked. The co-main event is another championship bout that pits bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey against Miesha Tate.
There is so much good stuff going on but here are the three fights I am most excited about.
Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) vs. Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC)
I continue to list Silva first even though Weidman is the current middleweight champ. Probably because I still can’t believe The Spider has been defeated.
Most people thought Silva was clowning around too much in the last fight and that is why he got KO’d by Weidman. In truth that is the way Silva has fought all along. He is continually fighting with his hands down, luring his opponents in and then finishing the fight. That didn’t work against Weidman.
This fight could go either way. Weidman’s wrestling is superior but Silva is very dangerous on the ground, just ask Chael Sonnen. Both fighters have knockout power and can end the fight at any moment.
Chris Weidman is a legitimate champion but it seems doubtful that he can beat Anderson Silva two times in a row. Look for Silva to win by KO or submission in the later rounds.
The co-main event at UFC 168 could easily be the main event on any other card. This fight just might have more hype going in to this weekend than the main event. Most of that is because these two fighters really do not like each other.
The two have met before under the Strikeforce promotion and Rousey won with, of course, an armbar. On paper it doesn’t seem like Tate should be in this title fight but because of an injury to Cat Zingano, here we are.
It could be another short night for Tate if she can’t defend against the armbar. Every opponent knows Rousey is going for that move but so far no one has been able to defend against it. Look for Rousey to continue her unbeaten streak.
Dustin Poirier (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Diego Brandao (18-8 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
This bout has Fight Of The Night potential. Bothe fighters are aggressive and love to throw punches with abandon. Poirier has a bigger gas tank and will stay strong if this fight heads into later rounds. Brandao has a better jiu-jitsu game but getting inside Poirier’s nine-inch reach advantage may be a problem.
The first five minutes of this fight should be an all-out war. If it makes it out of the first round look for Poirier to win by decision.
UFC 168 is stacked with great fighters including Josh Barnett, Travis Browne, Uriah Hall, Chris Leben, Dennis Siver and a host of others. It is the perfect way to end the year.