UFC 168: Weidman Vs Silva
It’s the last show of year and that means the biggest! We have the most anticipated rematch in recent times which of course includes Anderson Silva, the greatest of all time and a true grudge match for the Women’s Bantamweight title which is also a rematch. It’s not a new-years eve special but there is certainly enough to stay up for.
Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva – UFC Middleweight Title
After seeing GSP make potentially his last MMA appearance back at UFC 167, it’s possible that this could be the last time Silva graces the Octagon as win or lose, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he retired. Seeing Silva knocked out was a shock to everyone, even those that predicted it and many are predicting a similar result. If Silva loses, where does he go? Surely the UFC won’t put on a third rematch with it 2-0 in the champions favour and Silva has already beaten everyone else. Similarly if Silva wins, there must be some temptation to retire on top with his loss avenged. Whatever happens after the fight, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a great fight and I may just be sentimental but Silva wins it for me.
Prediction: Silva via TKO
Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title
If you watched the most recent Ultimate Fighter series, you would have seen that there is true hate between these two although it may be mostly coming from Ronda. Despite this, they do both respect each other as fighters and although Ronda got a first round arm bar submission in their previous encounter, Tate was doing well on the feet prior to that but of course her arm did get broken. I have a feeling that Rousey may try and stand with Tate following the odd jape on TUF and that this may be the first time we don’t see Rousey finish it with an arm bar as surely, Tate has spent months working on defence!
Prediction: Rousey via Decision
Josh Barnett vs Travis Browne
After beating Overeem in his last fight, Browne will surely be knocking on Dana’s door for a title fight if he can beat the veteran Josh Barnett. Barnett has fought pretty much everyone with the exception of the current UFC top two and as with Browne, a win would certainly get him in amongst it with what is possibly his last surge at the title given his age. Browne will want to keep this standing as although he has a competent ground game, he won’t want to tangle with Barnett who is world class so we may just get a back and forth war on the feet.
Prediction: Browne via TKO
Jim Miller vs Fabricio Camoes
Having fought most of the top guys at Lightweight, Miller is at a bit of a tipping point as every time he steps up a level, he loses. Camoes will be no pushover but it is a fight Miller needs to win and really should if he wants another chance to go up a level. With two losses, one draw and a win in the UFC, Camoes has no option but to win if he wants to stay in the UFC even though all his opponents have been been tough.
Prediction: Miller via Decision
Justin Poirier vs Diego Brandao
With an impressive 6-2 record in the UFC, Poirier is the favourite against the former TUF winner. Both fighters have a lot of Decision and Submission wins so we may see this might stay on the feet but if it does hit the ground there should be plenty of slick transitions tgo keep the crown entertained.
Prediction: Poirier via Decision
UFC 168 Prelims Predictions
Chris Leben vs Uriah Hall – Hall via TKO
Gleison Tibau vs Michael Johnson – Johnson via TKO
Dennis Siver vs Manny Gamburyan – Gamburyan via Decision
John Howard vs Siyar Bahadurzada Howard via TKO
William Marcario vs Bobby Voelker – Voelker via TKO
Robbie Peralta vs Estevan Payan – Peralta via Decision
This is a must watch card! Here are the viewing times:
Online prelims: Sunday 29th 00:00
Prelims – BT Sport: Sunday 29th 01:00
Main card – BT Sport: Sunday 29th 03:00
Like it? Love it? Hate it? What are your predictions?