UFC 168: Chris Weidman wins via TKO after Anderson Silva breaks leg
Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title against former pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva at UFC 168 by checking a leg kick and snapping Silva's leg in half (gruesome picture here). In the co-main event, Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight belt with another armbar submission of Miesha Tate. Earlier, veteran heavyweight Josh Barnett was knocked out by elbows to the temple from rising star Travis Browne, and Uriah Hall lived up to the hype with a finish of Chris Leben.
**This blog will be updated after every round of every fight, with a quick preview posted before each fight. If it seems like too much time has passed between updates, click here to refresh.**
Main Event - UFC Middleweight Championship (185 lbs)
Chris Weidman, champion (10-0) vs. Anderson Silva (33-5)
12:37 a.m. If this is how it ends, it ended with Anderson Silva's leg broken in half, and with Silva screaming in pain on the Octagon floor as Chris Weidman jogged the other way, arms raised, a champion still, the only fighter to beat Silva once in the UFC ... and now, having beaten him for a second time. Given his age, Silva -- who turns 39 in April -- might be done as a fighter. What's more to prove? He can't fight Weidman again any time soon, so does this all-time great want to spend a year in grueling physical rehabilitation only to drop down the ladder and fight an elimination bout or two in the hopes of getting another crack at Weidman in a year or more, pushing 40? My guess: No. My guess: We've seen the last of Anderson Silva, an infuriating but undeniably talented fighter who pushed the boundaries, good and bad, of what a fighter could get away with inside the cage. And ultimately, he discovered what he couldn't get away with against someone as good as Chris Weidman: taunting him in the first fight, and attempting an inside leg kick in the second.
As for Chris Weidman, who's next? Probably another Brazilian challenger, someone from among the next three guys: Vitor Belfort, Jacare Souza or Lyoto Machida.
12:29 a.m. Post-fight interview: Fight ends at 1:16 of Round 2 after Silva broke his shin on Weidman's check of a leg kick. The leg bent 90 degrees in a spot where there's no knee. Yikes. Afterward, Weidman told Rogan: "No matter what happened, he's still known as the greatest of all time. I wish him the best, and God bless him." Weidman said he worked on checking leg kicks in camp because Silva hurt him with leg kicks in the first fight: "I knew if he kicked me hard on my knee, it could hurt him. Crazy that it could happen like that."
12:23 a.m. Round 2: Silva is dancing and throwing now, like he normally does midway through Round 1. Weidman didn't give him that chance earlier, so now Silva is trying to get his rhythm going. Oh no. Oh wow. Weidman checked Silva's inside leg kick, and that broke Silva's leg. What an ending. TKO, broken leg, Weidman wins. Silva is screaming in agony.
12:20 a.m. Round 1: Silva is not fooling around or prancing pointlessly. But he's not throwing early, as usual, and Weidman charges and puts him down, though Silva popped up and buried a knee in Weidman's stomach. In the dirty-boxing position Weidman crushed Silva's temple and knocked him down and was trying to finish with heavy ground-and-pound. Again?!??! No. Well, not yet anyway. Silva survived, and Weidman is in Silva's guard, fending off submission attempts and dropping elbows. One right hand to Silva's head looked dangerous, then two more. Rogan keeps saying, "Weidman hurt him." Silva looks OK, but he doesn't look safe. This looks like Silva-Sonnen I, is what it looks like. This round is 10-9 for Weidman, 10-8 if the judges are feeling frisky.
|Tale of the Tape|
|Chris Weidman||Anderson Silva|
11:59 p.m. Preview: We've never seen an embarrassed Anderson Silva. We've seen an angry Anderson Silva, who destroyed Chael Sonnen in the first round of their rematch. We've seen a bored Silva and a cocky Silva -- we see that Silva way too often -- but he was humiliated in his last fight with Weidman by begging the American to hit him, even dropping his hands and jutting out his chin, and then getting knocked out cold. Silva was embarrassed, and he should be angry, which means this ought to be the best, most focused Anderson Silva of all time. And I'm picking that guy to lose? No way. I bet he finishes Weidman in the first round, which doesn't mean that's what I'd like to see. But that is what I suspect we'll see.
Co-Main Event - UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship (135 lbs)
Ronda Rousey, champion (7-0) vs. Miesha Tate (13-4)
11:56 p.m. Post-fight interviews: Rousey to Joe Rogan: "Family comes before anything, even the boos and cheers of the crowd. She did an amazing job but I can't shake the hand of somebody who spit on my family's back." And the crowd booed, and booed, and booed. Rousey absolutely won this fight -- and lost this crowd. The crowd cheered Tate for her interview with Rogan, then booed … as Rousey posed for pictures on the other side of the cage. Tate said Rousey's right hand was much improved, then pandered to the crowd by thanking them for their support. And the crowd cheered. Ronda Rousey: bad guy. Narrative! But sometimes narratives are true. You know?
11:51 p.m. Round 3: They grapple and roll and Rousey ends up in arm-bar position and closes the fight out, submission win for Rousey … and what did I say in the preview? Rousey ruined it by showing no class. Tate tried to shake her hand, and Rousey walked away from her. The crowd booed Rousey, and good for them. The replay showed on the screen, and the crowd booed Rousey again. Then they booed her when her arm was raised.
11:49 p.m. Round 2: Rousey pushed Tate down immediately but Tate scored with some brutal up-kicks while Rousey just sort of stood there and … took it. Weird. Rousey took her down again, but didn't score on the ground. Rousey pushed Tate again the cage and punched her face from the clinch, then kneed Tate in the stomach, then tossed her with a judo throw into side control. Rousey was close to arm-bar position, then gave it up for the full mount with 1:55 left. Now she's landing lefts to Tate's face before spinning for Tate's left arm. Looks bad. Bad. Bad. Tate escapes! But Rousey is still on top, punching Tate's face. Rousey now has Tate in a reverse leg triangle, and Joe Rogan says Tate "is in deep, deep doo-doo right now," but Tate will survive what could be a 10-8 round for Rousey given how close she was to finishing the fight two or three times. But it will be 10-9, Rousey.
11:43 p.m. Round 1: They exchange punches for 10 seconds, then Rousey ducks, charges and gets Tate down. That's how it's gonna be, huh? Tate rises but Rousey is all over her, plastering Tate to the cage and then tripping her down again. Tate put Rousey into triangle position, but Rousey lifted her over her head and forced Tate to let go before she became Rampage'd. They rolled to the ground with Tate in Rousey's guard, and Rousey cuts up Tate's face with elbows while going for either an arm bar or a triangle from her back. Tate got out of it, and they stood and fired. Tate landed a huge right, but Rousey took her down with 90 seconds left and nearly had the mount. Just a crazy round of action, down and up and down and up, and this is the best Tate's ever looked and still Rousey will win this round 10-9.
11:22 p.m. Brief interlude: They just showed the Uriah Hall-Chris Leben fight from earlier tonight on the PPV card, and when Hall tried that spinning wheel kick that produced the biggest knockout in TUF reality-show history, Leben ducked it but his face changed. His face said: Oh s--t, I want out of this cage. And then when Hall dropped him with a straight right and was clubbing away as the round ended, Leben was done. I'm not sure he was out on his feet, after watching and listening closely. But I am sure Leben wanted no more of Uriah Hall. He told his corner, "I'm done," and he didn't sound like a guy who was nearly out. He sounded like a guy who knew exactly what he was saying.
11:13 p.m. Preview: For a wrestler, Tate is lousy at stopping takedowns -- opponents have an 80-percent success rate -- and that's awful against a judoka like Rousey. Their first meeting ended in the first round with Tate's arm bent the wrong way. That will happen again here, of course. And then Rousey will ruin it by doing something to make us all wish the most famous female fighter in the world had more class.
Heavyweight Division (265 lbs)
Josh Barnett (33-6) vs. Travis Browne (15-1-1)
11:09 p.m. Round 1: Josh Barnett has a bad body for a pro fighter. Just saying. Bad body. Awful. Have some pride, man. That said, he's dangerous and this round started with a great leg kick by Barnett. Browne, a former junior college basketball player -- he's 6-foot-7 -- was jabbing Barnett to keep him away. Barnett got Browne against the cage, but Browne landed a knee to the jaw to stun him, and then dropped five or six elbows to Barnett's temple and put him to sleep. And then Browne did the throat-slash after his KO victory. Wow.
10:44 p.m. Preview: This is the toughest fight to predict on the whole card (for me, anyway) because Barnett is clearly superior on the ground and Browne is clearly superior on the feet, but there's no telling where this fight will take place. Barnett -- a throat-slashing, macho dummy -- clearly would be better served taking down Browne, but he might want to prove he doesn't have to. In fact, that's what I think will happen. Barnett will try to make a point that he can stand with Browne, and might even catch Browne early (because Barnett is no slouch as a striker), but ultimately he will bite off more than he can chew and eat a shot that ends his night.
Lightweight Division (155 lbs)
Jim Miller (22-4, 1 NC) vs. Fabricio Camoes (14-7-1)
10:41 p.m. Round 1: Camoes is landing more than Miller after one minute. Nothing huge, but more than Miller, who seems tentative or just … lethargic. Camoes drills Miller with a left hook that you can hear like flatulence a thunderclap. Camoes is putting everything into his shots, which makes you wonder about his cardio later. Assuming this goes later. He wants to end it … and as I say that, Miller catches a headkick and throws Camoes down. A BJJ black belt, Camoes reverses that and is on top of Miller, in the full guard. Miller comes close to an arm bar after deking with a gogoplata (I swear) … and he taps out the black belt Camoes! Holy cow. Strong victory by arm-bar submission for Jim Miller. Camoes is furious, kicking the cage in defeat, because Miller finished him from a position where he really, um, shouldn't have been able to finish him. He didn't even extend his hips all the way to pop Camoes' arm the wrong way. It was awkward and unlikely, and given that Camoes is a black belt, it's frankly a shocking way for the Brazilian to lose. Which means Miller was fabulous to pull this finish off.
10:26 p.m. Preview: For years Miller has been fighting the best of the UFC's best and breaking even. Camoes has mostly built up his victories against sub-UFC opposition, and lost to quite a few of them as well, and consistently lost when he has moved up in competition: to Melvin Guillard (whom Miller finished in two minutes), Gleison Tibau (whom Miller defeated) and Kurt Pellegrino. What am I saying? I'm saying Camoes is slightly out of his league in this one.
FIRST PAY-PER-VIEW FIGHT
Featherweight Division (145 lbs)
Dustin Poirier (14-3) vs. Diego Brandao (22-8-1)
10:23 p.m. Round 1: Poirier reminds me of Dayton basketball coach Archie Miller, if Miller could break your facial bones with hands, feet, elbows and knees. Anyway, the fight. Early on Brandao kicked Poirier in the head, barely, when Poirier was technically down. It was an accident and did no damage and Brandao apologized. Nice moment of class. They had some great exchanges of punches and took turns with leg kicks, and the thing I see is that Brandao is loading everything into every shot while Poirier is being more controlled -- one more reason to think Brandao is in danger of gassing out if this fight goes past the first round. Brandao keeps coming forward sloppily, and Poirier is countering him. With 45 seconds left Poirier has Brandao in trouble. Big trouble. Body shots, punches to the head, and Brandao is ready to go. With a few seconds left in the round Poirier gets him down and then hammer-fists him into oblivion. I swear Brandao is out for a few seconds, his eyes shut, as Poirier pounds on him and the referee stands there and just sort of ... watches. Idiot. TKO for Poirier.
9:46 p.m. Preview: Brandao will determine where this fight is fought -- he rates better than 80 percent at both takedowns and takedown defense, considerably more effective than Poirier at both -- but Poirier is better on the feet and comparable on the ground, and also he should be in much better shape given that Brandao weighed in at 153 pounds and was able to shave just 1 1/2 pounds in the next hour. And that hour was probably grueling. If Brandao can't finish Poirier earlier, his cardio will betray him late in this catch-weight bout that will see Brandao give 25 percent of his purse to Poirier.
Middleweight Division (185 lbs)
Chris Leben (22-10) vs. Uriah Hall (8-4)
9:41 p.m. Official decision: Oh my word, Leben walked to his corner and basically said he couldn't fight anymore. He thought he'd been knocked out at the end of Round 1, and when he found out he hadn't been, he told his corner, "I'm done." TKO for Uriah Hall. Good decision, Leben. Now please retire.
9:39 p.m. Round 1: Leben charged across the cage at the start, only to be dropped by a flying knee from Hall. More of a flash knockdown than a fight-ender, though, and they squared off anew with Leben stalking Hall and Hall using footwork and the jab to keep Leben off him. Leben got close for the clinch, and Hall scored with a knee to the body. Halfway thru the first round this is the best Hall we've seen since the TUF show, and Leben is a bloody mess, albeit a bloody mess who continues to move robotically forward. Leben has aggression and octagon control, but Hall won this round with damage and efficiency and with a knockdown in the final seconds. Hell, I'd score it 10-8, Hall, because the bell saved Leben from being TKO'd, I think.
9:22 p.m. Preview: Leben has lost four of his last five fights and taken some ferocious poundings over the years, even in fights he won because he was just that tough and resilient. But toughness and resiliency don't last forever, and Hall has the size and skill to explore just how much Leben has left. Problem is, Hall has fought terribly in his only two UFC appearances since dominating folks on the TUF reality show. If Hall can get over his stage fright and put it all together, this fight could be his finest moment. If not? This fight could be his final UFC moment. Which do I think happens? I think Hall figures it out and explodes all over the stubborn but slower Chris Leben, who'll need to think about retiring if he loses for the fifth time in six fights.
Lightweight Division (155 lbs)
Gleison Tibau (37-9) vs. Michael Johnson (14-8)
9:19 p.m. Round 2: A boring first minute gave way to a huge knockout for Johnson, who countered Tibau as Tibau was walking forward. A left to Tibau's temple dropped him, and then a brutal right to the face, on the ground, turned off his lights. Knockout win, Michael Johnson.
9:15 p.m. Round 1: Johnson is quicker but Tibau has enormous arms and chest and used all of it to stun Johnson early with a right. But Johnson wobbled Tibau with about 2 minutes left in the round, evening things up for the final minute or two, when very little happened until Tibau muscled him against the cage and held him there. Who won this round? Yikes. Johnson 10-9, because he looks more fluid. It was that close. And that uneventful.
9:05 p.m. Preview: Johnson's striking has come a long, long way … whereas Tibau's really has not. And Tibau, who tends to beat guys by being the bigger, stronger fighter and getting on top of them, won't be much bigger than Johnson -- a former welterweight -- and won't find it easy to take the former wrestler down. Not sure Johnson can knock out Tibau, but I'm positive he can beat him on the feet (as he beat Joe Lauzon on the feet in his last fight) and win a decision.
Featherweight Division (145 lbs)
Dennis Siver (21-9) vs. Manny Gamburyan (16-8)
9:02 p.m. Official decision: All three judges score it 29-28 for Siver, who won by taking the superior grappler Gamburyan's back late in rounds one and three.
9:00 p.m.Round 3: Siver has some great inside leg kicks, but 57 seconds into Round 3 he buries one in Gamburyan's groin. The fight is paused for a minute, then resumes and Siver takes him down (!). Gamburyan thinks about a guillotine choke, then leans to his right for a kimura on Siver's left arm. Siver takes Gamburyan's back and puts in a hook. Then a second hook for a body lock, and now he's going for a rear naked choke on a guy who has almost no neck. Not going to work, but it is winning this round. He lets the choke go and pounds the sides of Gamburyan's head with punches. This is a 10-9 round for Siver, and a 29-28 decision win for him as well. I think.
8:53 p.m. Round 2: Siver dropped him during an exchange of punches 15 seconds into the round, but Gamburyan played it off as a slip by rising and gesturing Siver back into the fray. The judges will buy it, but me and my boy Joe Rogan did not. What did Goldberg think? Who knows. He thinks what Rogan tells him to think, if you ask me. Gamburyan took down Siver and cut him wide open with an elbow to the forehead, and now Siver's blond hair is pink from the blood. That evens the round entering the final 90 seconds, and Siver scores first with a flurry to the body. Gamburyan doesn't like it and takes Siver down, with some late ground-and-pound. This is a tough round to score, but the gash on Siver's face is telling. So, 10-9 for Gamburyan and a 19-19 tie.
8:47 p.m. Round 1: Gamburyan is doing his best to get close to Siver, shut down Siver's advanced striking and work the clinch. He does … and Siver takes him down. From his back, though, Gamburyan is going for an arm-bar and Joe Rogan is spitting the truth: "Siver needs to get the hell out of there." Gamburyan goes for a leg-lock before Siver gets the hell out of there and stands up. Siver has a huge trapezoid trapezius muscle, which always makes me wonder. What do I wonder? None of your business. Anyway … Siver is scoring better on his feet, but Gamburyan takes him down with 80 seconds left and goes for another leg-lock. That leaves his head open, and Siver is popping his head with fists. From there Siver takes Gamburyan's back and sinks in hooks while riding the standing Gamburyan. Good round for Gamburyan, but bad -- terrible -- way to finish a close one. Siver's gonna win this 10-9.
8:36 p.m. Preview: The shorter Gamburyan simply has to take down Siver and hold him there, or he's going to have his a-- kicked in this fight. Problem for Gamburyan: He has just a 32-percent rate of takedown success, while Siver has a 70-percent rate of takedown defense. None of that bodes well for Gamburyan, who is no match for Siver on the feet. After faring well against much bigger fighters, Siver finally picks on someone his own size -- if not smaller -- and beats the poor little dude up.
Welterweight Division (170 lbs)
John Howard (21-8) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1)
8:33 p.m. Official decision: All three judges score it 30-27 for Howard because I'm good at guessing what they'll do this fight sucked but Howard sucked a little less than Bahadurzada.
8:30 p.m. Round 3: "Doomsday" Howard puts together the best flurry of the fight, the flatulence notwithstanding, with a series of punches in the first 30 seconds of Round 3. Bahadurzada is out on his feet, not from damage but from exhaustion. Howard is tired as well, but compared to Bahadurzada, Howard is fresh as a damn doomsdaisy. He takes down Bahadurzada and scores (a little), while Bahadurzada lays there and takes it because his gas tank is empty. Howard takes the mount with 90 seconds left, postures up, and takes the back when Bahadurzada rolls over. A submission isn't close, but Howard rides out the round for his most obviously won round of the fight. I see it 10-9 for sure this round, and 30-27 (I think) for the fight for Howard.
8:24 p.m. Round 2: Within 10 seconds each fighter lands his best punch of the fight so far, Howard starting with a (leaping) left hook, Bahadurzada countering with a straight right. Bahadurzada takes down Howard and then, I swear, someone loudly broke wind. Neither Joe Rogan nor Mike Goldberg commented on it, but if you're watching this fight on Fox Sports 1, you heard it. (Sorry, but that was the most interesting moment of this dud, to date.) (And I'm surprised Rogan let that go. Seems right up his alley.) Anyway … it's a tie round after three minutes, when Bahadurzada clinches and lands knees to the body while Howard counters with uppercuts to the chin. And then, it happens. Bahadurzada goes for a kimura and Howard answers by lifting him up, walking him across the cage and throwing him onto his back. Slow fight. That's the big moment. I'm giving the round to Howard, 10-9. Wish I could score it 9-9.
8:18 p.m. Round 1: Slow first minute, with Howard scoring with leg kicks and Bahadurzada looking for head kicks and punches. Bahadurzada has more length, so Howard is struggling to get within punching range, jumping wildly into hooks that come up short while leaving him vulnerable. Bahadurzada is scoring against the cage with knees to the body until Howard takes him down with 80 seconds left in the round. He moves to mount and then takes the back, but does nothing with either position and Bahadurzada gets to his feet. They finish with 15 seconds of standup, a close round I'm giving to Howard 10-9.
7:58 p.m. Preview: Fascinating fight for weight reasons. Both have fought at heavier weights -- Bahadurzada has fought all the way at 205 pounds -- but only Bahadurzada seems to be better at the smaller division. Howard was a consistent winner at 185, in the UFC and out, but he is more hit-and-miss at welterweight, perhaps because the weight cut is so draining. Add in the fact that Bahadurzada is a longer, more versatile fighter with serious KO power, and the native of Afghanistan should win his fifth fight in six tries at 170 pounds.
Welterweight Division (170 lbs)
William Macario (7-1) vs. Bobby Voelker (24-10)
7:54 p.m. Official decision: The judges had it easy on this one. Clearly a 30-27 victory for Macario, who should fight Elmer Fudd a top-10 welterweight next.
7:53 p.m. Round 3: Daffy Duck is covered in blood, but it's not his blood so he's not concerned. Macario looks almost bored as he picks apart Voelker with jabs and counter left hooks. He's also throwing lead left elbows, and landing them. One of those is why Voelker started to bleed in the first place. Voelker came forward hard and Macario drilled him with a brutal left to the head, then a left to the liver. Voelker is wiping blood out of his eyes and moving forward, but he has only a puncher's chance -- and he's the second-best puncher in this fight. Macario wins this round 10-9 and should win an easy decision 30-27.
7:46 p.m. Round 2: Between rounds Daffy Duck told his corner he was going to knock Voelker out. Maybe he's been reading my blog? What I see is Voelker is about 2 inches short on the reach, and those 2 inches are killer. (Though I also see Macario leaning back at the waist to avoid punches, and that's a lazy way to do it. Voelker is missing by, like I say, 2 inches. Macario better be right when he leans back.) Round 2 is closer for 90 seconds, mainly because Daffy Duck isn't doing anything, but then he takes down Voelker and … doesn't do anything. Voelker gets up in 30 seconds, having taken no damage, but now Macario is trying to land on the feet. He is, but nothing like the first round. Voelker's forehead is now spurting blood. And here comes Daffy Duck, landing to the body and head and flooring Voelker and just standing there, cocking his fist, and waiting for Voelker to drop a hand. Referee Mario Yamasaki is leaning in, thinking of stopping it, because Macario is just abusing Voelker with punches. Yamasaki pauses the action with a minute left to have a doctor look at Voelker's messed-up face, but the fight resumes. Voelker's nose appears broken, and this is another lopsided 10-9 round for Macario.
7:40 p.m. Round 1: Macario's nickname, Patolino, is apparently the Brazilian word for Daffy Duck." Voelker's nickname is "Vicious," so that sounds like more of a fighter. But Macario is the one hurting Voelker early with counter left hooks and straight right hands down the pipe. Macario even landed a jab to the body, which you see in boxing but almost never in MMA. Macario bullied Voelker against the cage and landed more, and I'll be honest: A knockout for Daffy Duck coming. Voelker is bleeding and blinking and out of his element here. Unless Voelker turns into a black belt in BJJ in the next few minutes, he's screwed. Round 1 goes to Macario, 10-9, easily.
Preview: Voelker is a tough, tough dude who beats everyone he should beat, but lacks the skill to beat upper-tier fighters. Bad news: Macario, a 22-year-old Brazilian, is (going to be) an upper-tier fighter. He was on a knockout rampage until his last fight, when he tired after a busy first round and was submitted by BJJ ace Leonardo Santos. Voelker will stand and trade with Macario, and that's not going to end well for the 34-year-old American.
Featherweight Division (145 lbs)
Robbie Peralta (16-4, 1 NC) vs. Estevan Payan (14-4, 1 NC)
7:22 p.m. Round 3: Peralta's corner told him he had to knock out Payan to win the fight, and I'll be damned: That's what Peralta did. He came out swinging, and landing, and referee Yves Lavigne pulled Peralta off Payan before he could do more damage. A left hook dropped Payan, and some ground strikes ended it. Peralta by TKO, 12 seconds into Round 3.
7:18 p.m. Round 2: Peralta has poor form on his feet, but if he lands a shot to the head he's going to knock Payan out. So far, though, Peralta has landed only leg kicks. But he's landed enough to win the first half of this round against Payan, who's just sort of … taking it. Until the 2:45 mark, anyway, when Payan clinched Peralta and slammed him to the ground. Payan spent a minute in side control, rearing up on occasion and throwing elbows, but Peralta got to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round. Peralta gets Payan against the fence for some grueling inside work, and finishes the round in control, but Payan deserves this round 10-9
7:12 p.m. Round 1: Peralta looks stronger and more explosive, and right away lands a big right over the top, then takes down Payan and moves into half-guard. Peralta is the bully and Payan the easy mark, looks like. We'll see … Payan gets up and Peralta uses knees to the thigh, up against the fence, before taking down Payan again. I'll be damned … Payan sweeps Peralta onto his back, and now Payan is in side control and delivering short elbows to the temple. Ouch. Payan isn't landing much on the ground, but neither did Peralta when he had top position. Who wins this round? Looked like a tie to me, but since Payan ended the round on top, the judges will give it 10-9 to Payan.
6:32 p.m. Preview: Peralta has dynamite in his hands -- and Payan is an older, slower guy who has lost to the only UFC fighter he has faced (Jeremy Stephens by decision), was knocked out twice earlier in his career and is not a consistent threat to finish fights. In other words, this fight will go until Peralta finds Payan's suspect chin. Which I suspect he will.
UFC 168 information
Back on July 6 of this year, Chris Weidman (10-0-0) shocked the MMA world when he knocked out Anderson Silva (33-5-0) to capture the UFC middleweight championship. In the main event of Saturday's UFC 168 Weidman sets out to prove his victory was no fluke as he puts the belt on the line in a rematch against Silva.
In the co-main event of evening, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (7-0-0) will put her title on the line in a rematch against Miesha Tate (13-4-0). The fight comes on the heels of both fighters' stints as coaches on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter. During the show, the world got a glimpse of the nasty rivalry between the two women, a rivalry that pre-dates their March 2012 encounter where Rousey broke Tate's arm with her signature armbar.
Check back in to this very blog on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) as CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel will be live blogging all the action from UFC 168 starting with the online prelims all the way through the main event.
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