UFC 168 lived up to the hype with fighters like Travis Browne, Ronda Rousey, and Dustin Poirier putting on performances MMA fans won’t stop yapping about anytime soon.
The result was another historic mixed martial arts event as Ronda Rousey went past the first round for the first time in her professional MMA career, while Chris Weidman successfully defended his middleweight title in what might be Anderson Silva’s last fight.
Here are the results of the UFC 168 – Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman – fight card held on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nev:
Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva
Weidman got off to a good start at UFC 168, hurting Silva with a right hand early on. He went for the finish, but Silva survived the onslaught. Weidman kept Silva on his back for the remainder of the first round, clearly dominating the exchanges.
After exchanging shots early in the second round, Silva broke his leg when Weidman checked a low kick. The Spider’s leg looked like it was made out of rubber, and referee Herb Dean wisely stopped the contest.
Given the gory injury, it’s hard to see Silva coming back at the age of 38. Fortunately for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, they now have an undisputed, undefeated middleweight champion in Chris Weidman.
Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate
These two came out swinging at UFC 168, but it quickly turned into the Ronda Rousey show. “Rowdy” took Miesha down multiple times during the first three rounds, and she didn’t have any problems maintaining top position either, blasting away with hard shots.
Miesha had a few moments here and there until Rousey put her away with an armbar 58 seconds into round three.
After the fight the crowd didn’t appreciate Rousey’s refusal to shake hands with Tate, showering her with boos during her post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett
Barnett tried to take things to the ground early on, but Browne wasn’t having any of it. He backed “The WarMaster” off with elbows and knees, and he unloaded a vicious salvo of elbows when Barnett tried to go for a double leg against the cage, forcing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight 60 seconds into the very first round.
Jim Miller def. Fabrício Camões
Miller stuffed a takedown and landed a few hard shots early in their UFC 168 encounter, then he decided to take things to the ground. Camões made his way back to his feet, and the Brazilian went for a takedown of his own shortly after.
However, Miller swiftly transitioned to rubber guard, locking up an armbar shortly after, forcing the tap at 3:42 of round one.
Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao
After a brief feeling out period, Poirier started establishing himself as the superior striker. Brandao tried to switch things up by taking the fight to the ground twice, but Dustin quickly fought his way back up on both occasions.
Poirier hurt Brandao with a hard right against the cage moments later, then, he unloaded a vicious series of punches and elbows. He switched things up with a takedown, and then landed some more hard shots, eventually forcing the stoppage with six seconds left in the first round of their UFC 168 encounter.
Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben (TKO, round one)
Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau (KO, round two)
Dennis Siver def. Manvel Gamburyan (unanimous decision)
John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada (unanimous decision)
William Macario def. Bobby Voelker (unanimous decision)
Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan (KO, round three)
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