UFC is looking to send 2013 out in style, as the bouts scheduled for UFC 168 on Saturday, Dec. 28 are poised to be some of the more memorable fights of the year.
UFC 168 is arguably one of the most important main events in the history of the sport. Anderson Silva can cement himself as the best fighter the sport has ever seen if he can return to form against upstart Chris Weidman.
Weidman, on the other hand, can etch his place in UCF history by defeating Silva—widely considered the best ever—for the second time in 2013.
With so much on the line in just the main event alone, UCF 168 figures to be the best event of the year for MMA. Predicting the winners is no easy task given the competition.
|Fighter 1||Fighter 2||Predicted Winner|
|Anderson Silva||Chris Weidman||Silva|
|Ronda Rousey||Miesha Tate||Rousey|
|Josh Barnett||Travis Browne||Barnett|
|Jim Miller||Fabricio Camoes||Miller|
|Dustin Poirier||Diego Brandao||Brandao|
Weidman (10-0) vs. Silva (33-5)
After Weidman won the UFC Middleweight belt from Silva back in July, much was made of a potential rematch in the future.
And here it is.
Silva was out-fought by Weidman in the bout, but he didn't help himself at all. Silva toyed with Weidman and taunted him to a point that led to his downfall. It seemed as if Silva wanted to play with Silva—not beat the pulp out of him.
Weidman's KO of Silva in July should still be fresh in Silva's mind. If that's the case, then expect the best ever to have a little extra motivation heading into this one. Weidman may be undefeated and one of UFC's next biggest stars, but Silva probably never should have lost his belt in the first place.
Silva won't mess around on Saturday night. He'll go right after Weidman and look to knock him out. Don't expect any games or funny business. Silva knows what's on the line.
Ronda Rousey (7-0) vs. Miesha Tate (13-4)
There's been enough trash talking between these two women to make this bout an all-out brawl on Saturday night. Don't expect either fighter to hesitate when the match begins. This could get ugly—and fast.
Ronda Rousey, the face of women's mixed martial arts, has seven career victories in her professional career as a fighter. Every single one of her victories has come via the armbar submission. It's not just a coincidence anymore. This is a trend that will likely continue against Miesha Tate.
Tate fell victim to the armbar in their first ever meeting in 2012. It was a first-round submission, and Tate will suffer from not seeing enough of Rousey's fighting style firsthand.
Tate is an accomplished and talented fighter in her own right, but nobody is in Rousey's league at this point. She is a trailblazer and overall the best fighter in women's MMA.
Look for that armbar early and often.
Jim Miller (22-4) vs. Fabricio Camoes (14-7-1)
Jim Miller and Fabricio Camoes are nearly equal opponents if this fight becomes a brawl on the ground, but the edge goes to Miller when on their feet.
And it's not even close.
Miller has a 71" reach that allows him to stand a decent distance back from his opponent and still land strikes. Camoes will have to reach in to land hits of his own, opening him up for counters. Miller, a strong defender against strikes, will gladly take a hit or two if it means he can land a powerful one of his own.
On his feet, Miller is capable of getting into a rhythm that Camoes won't be able to match. Even if the fight comes down to a decision, it will be obvious that Miller is the winner.