UFC 168: Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II is shaping up to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the company’s 20-year history. The event, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, currently holds the record for the second largest U.S. gate in UFC history, boasting an astounding $6.3 million.
The success of UFC 168 can be attributed to the star power of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the face of women’s MMA and reigning bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The UFC is banking on the strength of its card on December 28, 2013 to the point that $5 extra will be added to the event’s normal pay-per-view price of $44.95 (standard definition) and $54.95 (high definition).
With the increase in price, MMA fans will expect to witness a spectacular event. At the same time, the pressure to excel and triumph at UFC 168 couldn’t already be any higher for Silva, Miesha Tate, Uriah Hall and Chris Leben. Each of these fighters is coming off a defeat. Silva and Tate are facing someone they previously lost to in devastating fashion, and Hall and Leben have accrued consecutive losses.
For these four fighters, UFC 168 will serve as a major, defining event in their lives and give light to their relevancy within an already stacked middleweight and bantamweight division.