When: Saturday Night - Dec 28th
Channels: 8:00pm – PayPerView
Time: 6:00pm - FoxSports1
Saturday night at UFC 168 will mark the biggest fight night in the UFC’s storied history.
The long anticipated rematch between “The Greatest Pound For Pound Fighter Alive”, Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Chris “The All-American” Weidman will finally go down to see which man will sit atop of the UFC’s Middleweight Mountain. The world wants to see if this will be Anderson’s last stand, or if he will rise again like a matrix phoenix to reclaim the titles of UFC Middleweight Champion…as well as retire after the fight if he loses. This is without question the biggest fight and rematch in the history of The Octagon and the entire world will be tuning in for sure.
Regardless of the way Saturday night’s fight ends, Anderson Silva will undoubtedly go down as the greatest fighter in the world today. If he does win against the young monster champion in Weidman, then he will only cement his storied legacy even more due to just how good Weidman really is. Watching Anderson Silva fight is like watching a modern day hybrid of an old school ninja…and The Matrix. Defensively, he’s literally one of the most elusive yet offensively, one of the most efficient killers to ever step foot in a cage. It’s really never been the wins that Silva has notched…its always been THE WAY he notches those wins. A quiet martial artist with the flair for dramatic that has literally set the planet on fire with his fighting style, this could be the last we see of Anderson Silva in a cage…the world holds its breath until tomorrow night.
Chris Weidman is a big, strong and young champion that has a tremendous wrestling pedigree with.
Couple those tools with a workman-like mentality that grinds away until he gets to his goal…and you have the new champion Weidman. His MMA record of 11-0 is one that MMA fans know never stays clean, but many fans and experts believe that with his pedigree, training partners and his natural gifts and skillset…that he is the only man to be able to even consider beating The Spider. Can Weidman pull off yet another
We also get to see the rematch between the notorious “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and the quiet killer, Meisha “Cupcake” Tate in what is sort of bittersweet for Colorado, considering that our girl Cat Zingano is the one that actually should be fighting Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title. For those that don’t know, Zingano suffered a torn ACL injury which led to a change in coaching staffs for the Ultimate Fighter Show (TUF) where Zingano was to coach against Rousey and then fight in the finale against Rousey. Needless to say, Zingano will get her shot at the winner regardless of what happens on Saturday night. The consensus in the portrayal of Rousey did not help her win over many fans during this season’s TUF show…but her hatred of losing and competitive spirit shined like the brightest light in the Milky Way. If you’ve never seen a women’s fight yet…HANG ON TO YOUR HATS!...THE WOMEN BRING IT!!!
Needless to say, all of the talk is meaningless now because both women are different fighters and people since completing their run at season 18 on TUF. Rousey is a HUGE betting favorite at +900, where Tate is a HUGE underdog at -600. The bookmakers feel that this fight will be dominated by Rousey, but something tells us that “Cupcake” is not coming in there to lay down for anyone, and is definitely looking to extend this fight as long as possible to try and wear out Rousey. The question is…will Tate be able to avoid the Arm Collector’s submission attempts and use her wrestling and crisper boxing to lay the damage on Rousey. Either way the fans win because its possible that could be as exciting as watching the women brawl….and brawl they will!
Also returning are two of the Heavyweight division’s best in Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett and Travis “Happa” Browne. These two giants will slug it out to see who the next run of title shots in the UFC’s “land of giants” will go to. Barnett has long been considered one of MMA’s best heavyweights since he came into the sport, and he’s literally fought a who’s who of the big names both here and in Japan. He’s a very well-rounded heavyweight that is absolutely vicious, super tough and has a propensity for very violent finishes.
Travis Browne on the otherhand has really made a name for himself lately by utilizing his enormous size, amazing athleticism, tremendous heart and rapidly improving skills to defeat some of the biggest names the UFC has in the heavyweight pool…in devastating fashion! This one could steal the show!
The Jersey Devil, Jim Miller will return to action against the rugged Brazilian, Fabricio Camoes in a lightweight scrap. Miller is another extremely well rounded lightweight that is trying to make another run at fighting for the lightweight title. Camoes will be looking to make a statement so that he can leverage himself into bigger and better fights going forward.
Rounding out the Prelims (and the sleeper of the card) will be a fantastic fight between two nasty featherweights as ultra-talented Brazilian, Diego Brandao will take on the super-slick submission expert in Dustin Poirer. This will be a great fight for sure since this weight class can fight all day if there are no quick endings. My pick for Fight of the Night.
Below is the rest of the card, and Examiner will be at Ugly Dog Sports Café at 1345 Cortez St in Denver. Please come out and have some great food and drinks. Big Bob takes care of everyone like family and the place goes nuts for UFC fights…and there is NEVER A COVER! Come meet us and if you cant make it…enjoy the fights!
Womens Bantamweight Championship
Preliminary CARD FOX Sports 1 - 6 p.m. MST
Preliminary CARD - 5 p.m. MST