UFC 168 might possibly be the biggest fight card in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s — and MMA — history given the star-studded lineup. The Dec. 28 event will be headlined by the rematch between former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the man who dethroned him, Chris Weidman.
Here are my UFC 168 predictions:
Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva
Weidman (10-0-0, 4 KOs) shocked the world when he defeated Silva (33-5-0, 20 KOs) earlier in the year. Despite the victory, “The All-American” will be the underdog, once again, heading into his rematch against Anderson, and there’s a good reason for that.
Weidman deserves a lot of credit for keeping his composure while Silva taunted away at UFC 162, but the odds of him catching Silva with his guard down once again are slim to none.
Weidman did have some success with his grappling when he squared off against Silva, and that’ll probably be his best bet to victory at UFC 168. However, despite the fact he’s had his share of trouble with top-notch grapplers in the past, Silva always finds a way to persevere, so I doubt Chris Weidman will be an exception.
Prediction: Anderson Silva wins via TKO.
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Coaching opposite one another on the 18th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” hasn’t brought these two rivals any closer. Ronda (7-0-0, 7 armbars) broke Tate’s arm the last time these two crossed paths inside a cage, and she’s clearly motivated to do the same at UFC 168.
Tate (13-4-0, 6 submissions) is one of the toughest fighters in MMA — regardless of gender — but I’m not sure that will be enough to make up for Ronda’s superior grappling.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey wins via, you guessed it, armbar.
Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
Barnett (33-6-0, 20 submissions) made a strong statement during his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, walking right through Frank Mir at UFC 164, bringing their encounter to an end less than two minutes into the first round.
Browne (15-1-1, 11 KOs) emerged victorious during his last outing as well, pulling of the upset victory against Alistair Overeem, but he pretty much lost every second of the fight until he caught “The Demolition Man” with a front kick.
Barnett is a very aggressive, iron-chinned fighter, with serious grappling and decent striking skills, and I expect him to put on another dominant performance at UFC 168.
Prediction: Barnet wins via TKO.
Jim Miller vs. Fabrício Camões
Miller (22-4-0, 12 submissions) ended up getting submitted during his last outing (the fight was later ruled a no-contest when his opponent, Pat Healy, tested positive for marijuana metabolites), but he’ll get a chance to redeem himself at UFC 168.
He might find himself in trouble if Camões (14-7-1, 7 submissions) is able to put him on his back, but that probably won’t be the case given Miller’s solid wrestling.
Prediction: Miller wins via decision.
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