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UFC 168: Silva vs. Weidman 2: Full card predictions

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UFC 168 goes down this Saturday, December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Online (Facebook/UFC.com) prelims get started at 7:00p.m., then Fox Sports (other local providers) will air the next block of prelims at 8:00p.m. The main card can be seen live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00p.m. UFC 168 will feature two important rematches between Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, while Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman will try and prove that his KO win over Anderson Silva wasn't a lucky punch. Enjoy the predictions and UFC 168 fight card.

Online Prelims: 1-1-0

145 lbs. – Robbie Peralta (2-1(1) UFC) vs. Estevan Payan (0-1 UFC) – Peralta via decision
Both men are great strikers, but Peralta should have a slight advantage with his technique and use of kicks. Payan will have a wrestling advantage, but Peralta should prove hard to keep down. Correct (Peralta via TKO)

170 lbs. – William Macario (0-1 UFC) vs. Bobby Voelker (0-2 UFC) – Voelker via TKO
Macario is a tough aggressive fighter, but he can get sloppy at times which affects his overall cardio. Voelker will impose his boxing and wrestling attacks to defeat Macario. Wrong - Macario via U. decision

Fox Sports Prelims: 2-2-0

170 lbs. – John Howard (5-3 UFC) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (1-1 UFC) – Bahadurzada via decision
Howard has great boxing technique and should avoid serious damage, but Bahadurzada has more speed and power on the feet and will use it affectively. Bahadurzada will also be in control while grappling. Wrong - Howard via U. decision

145 lbs. – Dennis Siver (10-6 UFC) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (4-5 UFC) – Siver via decision
Gamburyan has some striking ability, but Siver will have a huge advantage on the feet and will to finish. Gamburyan is more of a grappler, but Siver is also well versed on the ground and won’t be submitted. Correct plus method

155 lbs. – Gleison Tibau (13-7 UFC) vs. Michael Johnson (5-4 UFC) – Tibau via decision
Tibau has a history of dominating opponents with his grappling/striking for rounds 1 & 2, then gassing and allowing his opponent a chance to win. Expect a similar outcome in this fight with Tibau winning. Wrong - Johnson via KO

185 lbs. – Chris Leben (12-9 UFC) vs. Uriah Hall (0-2 UFC) – Hall via TKO
Leben is past his prime and doesn’t have his killer instincts anymore. Hall is much too fast and technical for Leben and he should pick him apart for 3 rounds or until he gets the TKO finish. Correct plus method

Main Card: 3-2-0 Total MMA Predictions: 401-223-2 = 64%

145 lbs. – Dustin Poirier (6-2 UFC) vs. Diego Brandao (4-1 UFC) - Poirier via decision
Poirier won his last fight against Erik Koch with great striking and grappling after losing a tough fight to Cub Swanson. Brandao is on a 3 fight win streak, but he hasn’t been fighting anyone close to Poirier’s skill level. Both men are very solid strikers with KO power, but Brandao is much wilder with his attacks which should leave many openings for Poirier to counter. On the ground Brandao should have a slight advantage with his BJJ grappling, but Poirier will be very tough to submit. Poirier will use his superior striking technique and takedown defense to beat Brandao. Correct (Poirier via TKO)

155 lbs. – Jim Miller (11-3(1) UFC) vs. Fabricio Camoes (1-2-1 UFC) - Miller via submission
Miller struggled in his last with the grinding style of Pat Healy, but still managed to win fight of the night honours. Camoes lost a unanimous decision to Melvin Guillard in his last fight and showed some good grappling skills, but not much else. On the feet Miller will have the advantage with his boxing, but Camoes can take a punch so don’t expect a knockout. On the ground Miller should again have the advantage with his wrestling, grappling and g&p. Miller is a much better all-around fighter than Camoes and will look for a finish. Correct plus method

265 lbs. – Josh Barnett (5-1 UFC) vs. Travis Browne (6-1-1 UFC) - Barnett via TKO
Barnett is a very strong heavyweight and typically wins his fights with brute force as opposed to great technique. Barnett has powerful boxing, great knees and a strong grappling game that causes problems for many heavyweights. Browne is on a role with 2 straight TKO finishes over tough fighters like Gabriel Gonzaga and Alistair Overeem. Browne uses his long reach very well with strikes from odd angles and great kicks. On the feet Browne should have the advantage, but Barnett’s aggressive style could easily disrupt Browne’s ability to attack. Barnett will certainly try to take this fight to the ground and should succeed with his takedowns, guard passes and g&p or submissions. Barnett will waste little time getting this fight to the ground and work to finish Browne. Wrong - Browne via KO

135 lbs. – (C) Ronda Rousey (1-0 UFC) vs. Miesha Tate (0-1 UFC) - Rousey via submission
Rousey still boasts an undefeated record with all of her wins coming via 1st round armbar submission. Rousey is very good at what she does, waking her opponent down, securing a trip takedown and working vigorously for the armbar. Tate is a more of a striker, but she showed some good grappling in her first right with Rousey when she managed to escape an armbar attack. On the feet Tate wil again have the advantage and if she can keep it standing she’ll win. Rousey will look for the takedown though and once on the ground it’ll be her fight. Tate has the skill to push this fight to a 2nd round, but Rousey is too skilled at what she does and should finish this fight too. Correct plus method

185 lbs. – (C) Chris Weidman (6-0 UFC) vs. Anderson Silva (16-1 UFC) - Silva via TKO
In the first fight Silva was seemingly in control of the fight, until he became much too overconfident and paid for it with a knockout. Weidman did show his skills when he was able to secure a takedown against Silva and worked for a submission, but Silva never seemed in danger and got back to his feet fairly quick. On the feet Silva will the advantage and won’t be nearly as sloppy with his technique in this fight. On the ground Weidman still does possess great wrestling skill which could cause Silva problems, but Silva showed great grappling defense in their first fight. The first fight was a complete fluke and Silva will come back stronger in this fight looking for the finish. Wrong - Weidman via TKO

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