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UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2
A poster or logo for UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 28, 2013
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Event chronology
UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim
 
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UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2
A poster or logo for UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 28, 2013
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Event chronology
UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim

UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event to be held on December 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Background[edit]

The event is expected to be headlined by a Middleweight Championship bout between the current champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva.[1] The two previously met at UFC 162 with Weidman winning via knockout in the second round, earning the title.

Co-featured will be a Women's Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.[2] The two met before under the Strikeforce banner in 2012 with Rousey winning via first round submission. This will serve as the coaches bout for The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Initially, it was announced that Rousey would face top contender Cat Zingano at this event, after Zingano defeated Tate at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.[3][4] However, Zingano was pulled from the bout, and subsequently as coach for The Ultimate Fighter, after it was announced that she had suffered a knee injury and would be sidelined for several months. Tate was tabbed as the replacement and the rematch with Rousey was announced.[5]

Shane del Rosario was expected to face Guto Inocente at the event. However, both participants pulled out of the bout citing injuries.[6]

Official fight card[edit]

Main card
Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
MiddleweightChris Weidman (c)vs.Anderson Silva[a]
Women's BantamweightRonda Rousey (c)vs.Miesha Tate[b]
HeavyweightJosh Barnettvs.Travis Browne
LightweightJim Millervs.Fabrício Camões
FeatherweightDustin Poiriervs.Diego Brandao
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
MiddleweightChris Lebenvs.Uriah Hall
LightweightGleison Tibauvs.Michael Johnson
FeatherweightDennis Sivervs.Manvel Gamburyan
WelterweightJohn Howardvs.Siyar Bahadurzada
Preliminary card (Online)
WelterweightWilliam Macariovs.Bobby Voelker
FeatherweightRobbie Peraltavs.Estevan Payan

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2013-07-13). "Weidman vs. Silva rematch heads UFC 168 on Dec. 28, Rousey vs. Tate II co-main". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  2. ^ Staff (2013-07-02). "Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II slated for year-end UFC 168 pay-per-view". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  3. ^ Keith Grienke (2013-03-16). "Rousey to Coach TUF 18; Men/Women Bantamweights to Compete". TopMMANews.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  4. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-04-14). "TUF 17 Finale Aftermath: Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano will be a monster". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ A.J. Perez (2013-05-28). "Tate replacing Zingano on TUF". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  6. ^ Staff (2013-11-22). "UFC 168 Loses Shane del Rosario vs. Guto Inocente Due to Injuries". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  7. ^ "UFC® 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2013-07-10.