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UFC 168 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

UFC 168 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight

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    UFC 168 was a fantastic card until the final 5 seconds of the main event.

    UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva, but not in a way we wanted to see. Silva threw a leg kick, Weidman checked it and Silva's leg snapped. The greatest of all-time laid there screaming in pain as the champion celebrated an odd victory.

    Ronda Rousey was pushed into the third round, but she retained her title in dominant fashion. Tate landed many good shots in the fight, but Rousey landed more and repeatedly tossed her the mat. Eventually, the armbar came and Tate tapped out.

    In spite of the sad ending the first 10 fights were fun.

    UFC 168 Card

    • UFC Middleweight Championship: Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva by TKO (injury) 1:16 of the second round
    • UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship: Ronda Rousey defeats Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at 0:58 of the third round
    • Travis Browne defeats Josh Barnett by knockout at 1:00 of the first round
    • Jim Miller defeats Fabricio Camoes via submission (armbar) at 3:42 of the first round
    • Dustin Poirier defeats Diego Brandao by TKO at 4:54 of the first round
    • Uriah Hall defeats Chris Leben by TKO at 5:00 of the first round
    • Michael Johnson defeats Gleison Tibau by knockout at 1:32 of the second round
    • Dennis Siver defeats Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    • John Howard defeats Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    • William Macario defeats Bobby Voelker by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    • Robbie Peralta defeats Estevan Payan by knockout at 0:12 of the third round

UFC Middleweight Championship: Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva

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    Post-Fight Reaction

    What an incredibly disappointing and sad way to, potentially, end the career of the greatest MMA fighter ever. It was a horrific injury, and one that will take a long time to recover from if he ever wants to fight again.

    Weidman won the first round, but he wasn't looking the sharpest in the second. Who knows what would have happened. Although, Weidman celebrating post-fight was a bit of a turn-off. He didn't end the fight, an injury did.

    It was a great night until that point. Now there is an empty feeling for all MMA fans. Thoughts are with Anderson Silva, and we all wish him a speedy recovery regardless of if he intends to fight again or not.

UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship: Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate

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    Round 1

    They exchange immediately. Rousey grabs ahold of her. Tate gets back up, and eats a knee. Clinched against the fence. Short right hands by Rousey. Rousey puts Tate down again. Good punch from the champion. Triangle attempt! Tate loses it and eats a punch. She's up. Tate takes Rousey down. Tate is bleeding. Rousey looking for a submission, but hitting Tate from the bottom. Triangle from Rousey! Tate is out! They stand. Good exchange from both ladies. Tate landing! Rousey throws Tate! 90 seconds in the first. Tate rolls her over. Tate goes for a takedown, and she gets tossed. Rousey lets her stand. Tate will get out of the first.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Rousey.

    Round 2

    Good right by Rousey. Tate lands. Rousey trips Tate down easily. Tate lands upkicks. Tate goes for a takedown, and gets tossed like a ragdoll. Rousey lets her stand. Rousey takes a leg and takes her down again. Tate stands against the fence. The pace has slowed against the fence. Knee to the body by the champion. Another throw. Tate throws her legs up to try something. Rousey escapes and mounts. Good ground and pound. Tate is trying to scoot away. Rousey goes for the arm, rolls Tate over and tries to get it. Tate escapes! Rousey lands more strikes to the head. Reverse triangle attempt. WOW! Rousey punching the body as Tate is trapped!

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Rousey.

    Round 3

    Good straight right by Rousey to open the round. Rousey digging shots into the body. Rousey drags Tate down, but Tate nearly takes top position! Rousey gets the arm, and Tate taps!

     

    Rousey defeats Tate via submission (armbar) at 0:58 of the third round

     

    Complete domination. Tate was a gamer, and certainly tough but not nearly on Rousey's level.

Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne

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    Round 1

    The heavyweights meet right in the center. Good punch from Browne, and a nice low kick from Barnett. Barnett closes the distance and clinches. Browne gets away. Browne lands another good punch. Barnett puts him against the fence. Big elbows by Browne! Barnett is out!

     

    Browne defeats Barnett by knockout at 1:00 of the first round

     

    Wow. Just... wow. Nasty, nasty elbows.

Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes

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    Round 1

    Slow start, bit of a feeling out process. They clinch against the fence, but Miller defends the takedown. They separate. Good left hook by Camoes. The Brazilian is winning the early striking exchanges. Miller lands a right. Miller catches a head kick attempt, and takes Camoes down. Camoes stands. Miller lands a knee, and as they go down to the mat Miller tries to take his back but fails. Camoes on top. Miller looks for an armbar. He got it! Nice!

     

    Miller defeats Camoes via submission (armbar) at 3:42 of the first round

     

    Miller with another stellar performance against a high level grappler. Incredible stuff from Miller.

Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao

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    Round 1

    Diego throws a haymaker right away. Poirier landing some leg kicks. Brandao slips. The crowd boos for no reason. Poirier lands a good straight punch. Poirier catches a knee, but lets it go. Outside leg kick from Poirier. Brandao knocks Poirier off balance with a right. Brandao nearly gets a takedown, but Poirier uses a whizzer to avoid ending up on his back. Brandao gets a takedown. Poirier uses the cage to stand. Poirier lands shots to the body, and now he starts to turn up the pace. Poirier is pouring it on. He drops! Poirier cannot land the follow up shots necessary to finish just yet. Now he does. It's over!

     

    Poirier defeats Brandao by TKO at 4:54 of the first round

     

    Brandao just broke under the pace that Poirier poured on late in the round. The weight cut clearly had a major effect on him. This was a good win for Poirier all the way around. It won't catapult him up the rankings, but it puts him in a good position.

Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall

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    Round 1

    Leben eats a flying knee immediately. Leben recovers and continues to come forward. Quick jab from Hall. Jumping knee to the midsection. Good leg kick from Leben. Hall continuing to fight backing up. Content with countering. Leben clinches, but takes a knee from Hall. Leben moves forward and eats a punch. Nice elbow by Hall. Good leg kick by Leben. The fans start to boo. Hall is picking his shots well. Leben misses a huge right. Hall misses a wheel kick. Hall drops Leben with a straight at the bell.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-8 Hall.

    Leben asks his corner if he was knocked out, and then says he's done. The fight is over.

     

    Hall defeats Leben by TKO at 5:00 of the first round.

     

    Hall was simply too fast and too athletic for Leben.

     

Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson

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    Round 1

    Tibau snaps off a quick kick. Tibau lands a left. They are exchanging. Tibau clinches with Johnson against the fence. They break off the fence. Johnson circling on the outside. Johnson tags Tibau with a right! One minute to go in the first. Tibau goes for a takedown, but Johnson stays upright. Tibau presses Johnson against the fence.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Johnson.

    Round 2

    Both fighters are struggling to find their range. Johnson tags Tibau! Tibau gets knocked out!

     

    Johnson defeats Tibau by knockout at 1:32 of the second round

     

    Another big performance by Johnson. Keep an eye on him in 2014.

Dennis Siver vs. Manvel Gamburyan

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    Round 1

    Gamburyan out quickly. Gamburyan is aggressive! Gamburyan goes for an armbar, but Siver defends. Siver in top position. They are back to their feet. Siver lands a nice body kick. Spinning back kick from Gamburyan just barely landed. Gamburyan takes Siver to the mat. Gamburyan goes for a leg, but misses. Siver starts to hammer away on Gamburyan. Siver takes Gamburyan's back as he stands. Siver traps an arm, but Gamburyan gets it out. Good round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan.

    Round 2

    Siver tags Gamburyan, and he is stunned. Siver is patient though. Gamburyan takes Siver down. Siver defending well off his back. He is not giving Gamburyan space to work. A short elbow cuts Siver. Gamburyan cuts through and gets to half-guard. Siver gets back to his feet. Not a lot of strikes landing right now. Solid combination from Siver as Gamburyan covers up. Another takedown by Gamburyan. Good elbow from Gamburyan.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan.

    Round 3

    Low kick lands low, and there'll be a brief timeout to let Gamburyan recover. Siver takes Gamburyan down. Gamburyan looks for an arm, but Siver passes. Siver takes Gamburyan's back. Siver is controlling this position. Gamburyan is defending the submission attempts, but he cannot get Siver off his back. The fight will end here.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Siver, and the fight 29-28 Gamburyan.

     

    Siver defeats Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

     

    The first round was closer than most would lead you to believe, and the combination of takedowns & submission attempts makes me lean toward Gamburyan. The stats don't tell the whole story, and they point toward Siver. Other than that the final two rounds were clearly split between the two featherweights.

    A solid fight, but nothing spectacular.

John Howard vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

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    Round 1

    Both fighters are feeling each other out. Not a lot is landing, but they are respecting each other's stand-up. Howard shoots in halfheartedly, and they move against the fence clinched up. Bahadurzada reverses position. Howard now reverses the position. Howard slips Bahadurzada's punches and goes for a takedown, but Bahadurzada defends. Good knee to the body from Bahadurzada, but Howard takes him down off of it. Bahadurzada stands with Howard on his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Howard.

    Round 2

    Howard lands a nice left, and Bahadurzada responds as he comes forward. They get back to a distance. They go up against the fence, and Bahadurzada takes Howard down. They stand, and go back to the fence. They separate. They both seem tired. They clinch up and exchange strikes. Bahadurzada lands a knee to the midsection against the fence. Howard picks Bahadurzada up and slams him awkwardly on the mat.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Bahadurzada.

    Round 3

    Howard shoots in, but Bahadurzada defends. Howard backs off. Slow, tired, sloppy striking is starting to become the norm in this fight. Howard takes Bahadurzada down off a knee. Big punches from Howard! Bahadurzada stands, goes for a leg but fails. Howard in the guard. He moves to half-guard. Howard is in mount. Bahadurzada gives up his back. The fight ends with Howard on his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Howard, and the fight 29-28 Howard.

     

    Howard defeats Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

     

    After the first round both fighters seemed tired. That was disappointing all the way around.

William "Patolino" Macario vs. Bobby Voelker

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    Round 1

    Voelker comes out aggressive. Heavy leather. Sneaky left hook lands by Patolino. They mix it up a bit against the fence. Patolino is landing his right hand. Patolino mixing up his strikes as Voelker has his back against the fence. Good shot to the body from Patolino. Right hand stuns Voelker, left hook follow up by Patolino. Knees and punches from Patolino. Patolini takes Voelker down, but Voelker stands right back up. The action slows at the end of the round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Patolino.

    Round 2

    A slow first minute. Voelker trying to power forward, but Patolino is quicker. Patolino takes Voelker down, but Voelker uses the cage to stand. Patolino is countering more in this round, but he is not landing as much as he is out of range. Now Patolino comes forward with a combination. Another strong right lands. Uppercut briefly takes Voelker to a knee. Voelker is busted up. Short inside elbows land by Patolino. The fight is halted to check on the cut, and the fight resumes quickly afterwards. Voelker's punches are slow and telegraphed.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Patolino.

    Round 3

    Voelker tries to close the distance, but he cannot replicate what Peralta did in the first fight of the evening. Nice 1-2 from Patolino. Another right lands. Patolino has been too technical and too accurate for Voelker. Patolino turns up the pressure a bit, and Voelker is back against the fence. Voelker gets taken down, but immediately pops right back up. One minute to go. Patolino finishes strongly.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Patolino, and the fight 30-27 Patolino.

     

    Patolino defeats Voelker by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

     

    Voelker was too slow for Patolino. It was just technical domination on the feet.

Robbie Peralta vs. Estevan Payan

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    Round 1

    They walk to the center of the cage to get the night started. Peralta closes the distance with his fists, and takes Payan down to the mat. Payan works back to his feet, and Peralta has him pressed against the fence. Peralta takes him back down. Peralta gets swept by Payan. Not much offense being thrown. A short elbow lands. Payan landing small shots, but they are adding up as he remains on top. Peralta gets back to his feet at the bell.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-10.

    Round 2

    A minute passes but most strikes are errant. Peralta lands a leg kick. Two more leg kicks from Peralta. That is the only meaningful offense thus far in the second round. Payan takes Peralta down. Payan is in side control. Peralta doesn't take much damage and gets to his feet. They clinch against the fence. They exchange positions. Payan lands a couple knees in tight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Payan.

    Round 3

    Peralta knocks Payan out immediately in the third! Whoa!

     

    Peralta defeats Payan by knockout at 0:12 of the third round

     

    The first round was really tight, and Payan narrowly took the second. Peralta's corner told him he needed to finish, and he did. He throw caution to the end by throwing bombs immediately. Payan was not ready for that pace on the outset. Good win for Peralta.

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