|UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||December 28, 2013|
|Venue||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
The event was headlined by a Middleweight Championship rematch between the champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva. The two previously met at UFC 162, with Weidman winning via KO in the second round, earning the title.
Co-featured was a Women's Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The two met before under the Strikeforce banner in 2012 with Rousey winning via first round submission. This served as the coaches bout for The Ultimate Fighter 18.
Initially, it was announced that Rousey would face top contender Cat Zingano at this event, after Zingano defeated Tate at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. However, Zingano was pulled from the bout, and subsequently as coach for The Ultimate Fighter, after it was announced that she had suffered a knee injury and would be sidelined for several months. Tate was tabbed as the replacement and the rematch with Rousey was announced.
Shane del Rosario was expected to face Guto Inocente at the event, but both men pulled out of the bout, citing injuries. On November 26, 2013, del Rosario had two sudden heart attacks and died on December 9, 2013.
Official fight card
|Middleweight||Chris Weidman (c)||def.||Anderson Silva||TKO (leg injury)||2||1:16||[a]|
|Women's Bantamweight||Ronda Rousey (c)||def.||Miesha Tate||Submission (armbar)||3||0:58||[b]|
|Heavyweight||Travis Browne||def.||Josh Barnett||KO (elbows)||1||1:00|
|Lightweight||Jim Miller||def.||Fabrício Camões||Submission (armbar)||1||3:42|
|Catchweight (151.5 lbs)||Dustin Poirier||def.||Diego Brandao||KO (punches)||1||4:54|
|Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Middleweight||Uriah Hall||def.||Chris Leben||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||5:00|
|Lightweight||Michael Johnson||def.||Gleison Tibau||KO (punches)||2||1:32|
|Featherweight||Dennis Siver||vs.||Manvel Gamburyan||No Contest (overturned)||3||5:00||[c]|
|Welterweight||John Howard||def.||Siyar Bahadurzada||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary card (Online)|
|Welterweight||William Macario||def.||Bobby Voelker||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Robbie Peralta||def.||Estevan Payan||KO (punches)||3||0:12|
- For the Middleweight Championship.
- For the Women's Bantamweight Championship; Coaches' fight for season 18 of the Ultimate Fighter.
- Originally ruled a unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) victory for Siver , the result was changed to "No Contest" after Siver tested positive for a banned substance during a post fight screening.
The following fighters were awarded $75,000 bonuses.
- Fight of The Night: Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
- Knockout of The Night: Travis Browne
- Submission of the Night: Ronda Rousey
The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.
- Chris Weidman: $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus) def. Anderson Silva: $600,000
- Ronda Rousey: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $28,000
- Travis Browne: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus) def. Josh Barnett: $170,000
- Jim Miller: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus) def. Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
- Dustin Poirier: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Diego Brandao: $20,000^
- Uriah Hall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Chris Leben: $51,000
- Michael Johnson: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Gleison Tibau: $39,000
- Dennis Siver: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Manvel Gamburyan: $25,000
- John Howard: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
- William Macario: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Bobby Voelker: $12,000
- Robert Peralta: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Estevan Payan: $10,000
^ Although not recognized on the official pay sheet, Brandao was fined 25% of his base pay ($5,000) for missing weight for the fight, half of that money went to NSAC and half to Poirier.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
The 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl was broadcast at roughly the same time as this event. Many Michigan Wolverines football fans in the Detroit metropolitan area had chosen bowl sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings as a location to watch the college football game. However, upon arrival they learned that the restaurants were featuring this UFC event instead.
Customers were reduced to watching the bowl game on a small number of televisions with no sound. A corporate officer of Buffalo Wild Wings welcomed viewers to the game and encouraged people to watch a bowl game at one of their restaurants and at the same time disgruntled fans at the restaurants reported via Twitter that they were in the wrong place to watch the game on big screens and with sound.
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