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Preview of Main Card [UFC 168: Leave No Doubt]

Niala Samnarine

By Niala Samnarine

October 25, 2013

Are you ready for the main event? On December 28, 2013 all eyes will be on Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as UFC fans gear up for UFC 168’s main card which will co-feature two rematches.

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This highly anticipated event features a rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. In July, at UFC 162, undefeated top contender, Weidman, ended Silva’s history making, 17 fight undefeated streak by KO in the second round.

In December, Weidman will enter the Octagon as the new UFC Middleweight Champion and seek to defend his title. UFC 168 will also co-feature a Women’s Bantamweight Championship match between the current title holder Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate who met in 2012, with Rousey walking away with the win via first round submission.

Weidman vs. Silva 2

In July Chris Weidman stunned the crowd at UFC 162 and Anderson Silva alike. Weidman delivered a knockout in round 2 which ended Silva’s seven-year title reign.

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Chris Weidman

UFC Middleweight Champion, Weidman, will face off against Silva for the second time in a rematch to Leave No Doubt. In their previous matchup, Weidman was able to keep his head in the match and not allow himself to get baited by Silva’s style of fighting, which includes a good deal of verbal taunting.

Before their first meeting many insiders and other UFC fighters predicted that, although Weidman was the underdog, he would be able to defeat Silva. Many cited his impressive wrestling game as a reason that Silva would have difficulty facing him. In the end, it was not grappling, but two punches that downed Silva and secured Weidman the title.

Chris Weidman

At UFC 168, Weidman will need to keep his head in the game and not become flustered by Silva’s talk. By employing his highly regarded wrestling style, remaining patient and using quick strikes his second meeting with Silva should prove to be as exciting as his first.

Anderson Silva

The Spider has been widely regarded as the pound-for-pound #1 MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter in the world. Silva has a unique style that combines Muay Thai striking, BJJ (black belt), Judo (black belt), Capoiera (yellow rope) and boxing.

His seven year win streak and title defenses are a testament to his ability as a UFC fighter. Silva has faced opponents with similar styles as Chris Weidmen, including UFC fighters Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. While both fighters have caused him problems in the past he managed to walk away with the victory, lessons he will need to revisit to defeat Weidman in December.

Anderson Silva

At UFC 168, Silva will need to make sure he doesn’t get into a grappling match with Weidman as he has not been successful against top level wrestlers, if he finds himself in that situation, employing some counter wrestling moves to scramble away from a takedown will get him out of a tight situation. He will also need to engage in his famed style of baiting in opponents and delivering an accurate and powerful strike.

Rousey vs. Tate

In their first meeting Ronda Rousey came away with a victory via submission after applying an armbar to Miesha Tate in Round 1 of their fight.

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This rematch will face these two fighters against each other, giving Rousey an opportunity solidify her claim as the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey’s skill as a grappler is incredible from her combination judo and jiu-jitsu style of fighting. Tate’s greatest strength comes in her strikes and grappling as she is an accomplished wrestler, however as seen in their last meeting Rousey has the upper-hand there.

Both women will meet again in December at UFC 168 for the 2nd part of this rivalry.

Leave No Doubt

In one of the most highly anticipated UFC events to date, witness the epic rematch of Weidman vs. Silva 2 and Rousey vs. Tate. Will new champions be crowned or will title-holders defend their belts and Leave No Doubt as to their prominence in the Octagon?

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