Weidman vs. Silva 2: Where and When to Watch Saturday's UFC 168 Main Event

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

Jul 5, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dana White (center) separates Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman (right) at today's weighs-in for their UFC fight at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Silva takes on Weidman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena July 6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC 168 takes place in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 28, and the focus from the mainstream media and most MMA fans has shifted to the main event featuring the rematch for the UFC middleweight championship.

When Chris Weidman defends his title against the man who held it longer than anyone in the history of the company, the in-ring battle will be fierce. This is the kind of rematch any fan of the sport will be happy to witness.

Here is all the vital viewing information for the event, a full slate of predictions and a preview of the main event.


Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

When: Saturday, Dec. 28, at 10 p.m. EST

Watch: Pay-per-view

Live Stream: UFC.com


Full UFC 168 Fight Card
Main Card (PPV)
Fighter 1 Fighter 2 Prediction
Anderson Silva Chris Weidman (c) Silva via TKO
Ronda Rousey (c) Miesha Tate Rousey via Submission
Josh Barnett Travis Browne Barnett via TKO
Jim Miller Fabrício Camoes Miller via Decision
Dustin Poirier Diego Brandao Brandao via Decision
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Fighter 1 Fighter 2 Prediction
Chris Leben Uriah Hall Hall via TKO
Gleison Tibau Michael Johnson Johnson via Decision
Dennis Siver Manvel Gamburyan Siver via Submission
John Howard Siyar Bahadurzada Howard via Decision
Preliminary Card (Online)
Fighter 1 Fighter 2 Prediction
William Macario Bobby Voelker Voelker via TKO
Robbie Peralta Estevan Payan Peralta via Decision
Source: UFC.com


Main Event Preview and Prediction

When Chris Weidman (10-0) defends his UFC Middleweight Championship against Anderson Silva (33-5) for the first time since taking it from the longest reigning champion in the company’s history, he knows that the challenger will be fighting with more focus and determination.

A more focused Silva could be the most dangerous version of the fighter yet.

The manner in which the former champion lost to Weidman the first time—he was knocked out after taunting his opponent—should be the wakeup call that Silva needed. The Brazilian had become complacent with his place at the top of the division, but he now realizes how much he wants the title back.

Weidman won’t go down without a fight, but Silva will be ready to win decisively.

Silva told John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com about his approach to this rematch:

The last fight is in the past. I’m really looking forward to this next fight, and everything is going to be different. Obviously we made a few changes. When you see a mistake, you’ve got to get back and see what that mistake is and change a few things. But like I said, that’s in the past, and everything is going to be different from now on.

The former champ knows exactly how hard it is to win a decision victory over a champion and will not want to leave the fight in the hands of the judges. That’s where Silva’s elite striking, jiu-jitsu and muay thai give him the edge.

While Weidman has the wrestling skills to take Silva to the ground and elude takedown attempts on him, he lacks the elite ability to counter the submission attempts and clinches that the multi-time black belt knows.

If Silva approaches the rematch with Weidman the same way he did the first meeting, the former champion will lose again. With so much experience in the sport and the desire to be the best, it’s hard to imagine Silva not changing his game plan.

Predicted Winner: Silva via TKO