UFC 168 featured two rematches, one between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, and another between Riverside County’s Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. In the co-main event, Tate tried to avenge her loss against UFC Champion Rousey. In the main event, Silva attempted to avenge his loss against UFC Middleweight Champion Weidman.
Before the second fight between Rousey and Tate, Rousey was 7-0 with seven first-round wins, all of them by armbar. Tate tried not to fall victim to Rousey’s armbar a second time, and Tate did very well against Rousey, taking Rousey to Rounds 2 and 3 for the first time in Rousey’s professional MMA career. However, Rousey’s grappling was too good. Rousey used her judo to take Tate to the ground. On the ground, Rousey bothered Tate with strikes and actively looked for opportunities to armbar Tate. In the third round, Rousey finally got the armbar. Tate wisely tapped and avoided getting her arm broken by not tapping like in the first fight between the two women.
After the fight, Tate attempted to shake Rousey’s hand, but Rousey refused and walked away. After the fight, fans booed Rousey when commentator Joe Rogan interviewed her. The fans, however, cheered Tate in Tate’s interview with Rogan. Tate said she had nothing bad to say about Rousey and said that Rousey was the better fighter that night.
In the main event, Weidman got a quick takedown against Silva in the opening round. Silva managed to use the cage to stand up. Silva tried to use the clinch to knee Weidman, but Weidman hurt Silva with a right hand. Silva fell, and Weidman pounced on Silva for some vicious ground and pound. Silva managed to survive the first round, but he was not so fortunate in the second round. In the second round, Silva threw a kick, which was blocked and broken by Weidman’s shin. The fight was stopped immediately.
Both Weidman and Rousey showed their fighting prowess, but both of their fights came with disappointments. It was unfortunate that Weidman’s fight with Silva ended the way it did. Silva suffered a gruesome injury, and many fans may discredit Weidman’s win just like they did in the first fight between Weidman and Silva. It was also unfortunate that Rousey did not want to end the feud between her and Tate. Hopefully, Silva heals soon, and the graceful Tate comes back stronger than ever.