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UFC 168: Weidman Vs. Silva 2 Live Coverage, Results

Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2.

Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting F5 on your keyboard for the most up-to-date results.


Robbie Peralta vs. Estevan Payan

Let’s get the night started in the featherweight division, as Robbie Peralta (16-4) takes on Estevan Payan (14-4).

Peralta is 2-1 with one no-contest since joining the UFC from Strikeforce in 2011, while Payan suffered a decision loss to Jeremy Stephens this past May in his Octagon debut, snapping a eight-fight unbeaten streak.

Round 1: And for the final time in 2013, we have live UFC action underway. Let’s go! Peralta gets in close and lands a nice left-right combo, proceeding to take Payan right down to the canvas. Payan brought in the former Arizona State head wrestling coach, but that training did nothing to keep Peralta from taking him down with ease. Payan gets to his feet and lands some nice knees to the body, but he gets off-balanced and taken back down. Payan with a nice reversal, moving into the top position and in side control. Nice right hand from Payan connects from the top, followed by a short elbow. If he can do some damage over these final seconds, he could steal this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Payan

Round 2: Peralta throwing heavy shots, stepping in and finding his range early. Good exchange of leg kicks, and Peralta is still throwing wild shots. Not connecting, but if he does, it could be night-night for Payan. Another takedown and Payan is connecting with some solid shots from the top. Peralta rolls and gets to his feet, avoiding any further damage. Very close round and close fight through nine minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Payan

Round 3: Peralta listened to his corner, as he storms out after Payan and lands a flurry. Payan goes down and Peralta follows up, getting the finish just seconds into this third and final round. What a way to finish a fight. It was a big left that first rocked Payan, followed up by some nasty ground-and-pound.

Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan via KO (strikes) at :12 of Round 3

William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker

We’ll wrap up our two-fight online prelims with welterweights William Macario (6-1) and Bobby Voelker (24-10).

Macario suffered his first pro defeat at the hands of Leonardo Santos in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 this past June, while Voelker is looking for his first UFC win in three tries after losses to Patrick Cote and Robbie Lawler this year.

Round 1: Macario is the more effective striker, landing with ease. The Brazilian is giving the large contingent of supporters something to cheer about early, but Voelker has an iron chin. Maybe Voelker just wants to wear him out, as Macario has never gone the distance. Big shot by Macario connects again, and he has him caught up against the fence, landing knees and shots with ease and effectiveness. Macario is even doing the Anderson Silva-like hands down stance, following that up with a takedown. Voelker is getting a little offense going, but Macario is avoiding most of it with ease.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Macario

Round 2: A little more aggressiveness by Voelker, who is putting pressure on the younger fighter. Macario, though, lands an easy takedown to halt the momentum. Macario catches Voelker coming in with a nice counter, stopping him in his tracks. Nasty cut, likely from an elbow by Macario, on the face of the American. He goes to the body, follows up with a pair of knees and has Voelker up against the fence. More short elbows, another knee and Macario is just so effective. Voelker’s face is a crimson mess, as Macario is connecting on 70-percent of his strikes according to Mike Goldberg. Voelker is saying he can see, but there is tons of blood and he might have a broken nose. He tells the doctor he is fine and we are back to action. Voelker, amid bleeding like a faucet, lands a nice kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Macario

Round 3: Just a nasty cut on Voelker, as his face is a bloody mess just moments after being wiped up. He is coming out hot again, going after Macario and attacking. Between strikes, Voelker has to wipe the blood away so he can see and breath easier. A great performance by the Brazilian, who is calm and relaxed; not attacking wildly despite being in complete control. Another elbow gets through and Macario tells Voelker to come after him. One more takedown by Macario, who proceeds to get back to his feet and continue picking him apart.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Macario

William Macario def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

John Howard vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

We’ll remain in the welterweight division with John Howard (21-8) taking on Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1).

Howard returned to the UFC after a two-year exile with a decision victory over Uriah Hall this past August. Bahadurzada had his seven-fight win streak snapped by Dong Hyun Kim in March.

Round 1: Howard moving and picking well, avoiding the power of Bahadurzada. Big high kick by Bahadurzada, but Howard blocks it. Bahadurzada just misses with a huge right off a counter, and Howard is well short on his attacks. Another miss by Howard and he eats a stiff right jab by Bahadurzada. Big takedown by Howard scores, and he quickly advances his position. From here, he’s safe from the power of Bahadurzada. Howard moves to the back but only had one hook in and Bahadurzada was able to avoid the submission attempt for now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Howard

Round 2: Howard with some big strikes to start the round and Bahadurzada answers; we have a battle on our hands now it would seem. Big right hand just misses by Howard. Howard grabs a leg but is unable to complete the takedown. Bahadurzada, though, succeeds with his first takedown attempt of the bout. Howard is getting the better of the striking exchange, landing lefts and rights off the cage. Some heavy breathing out of Howard, who almost gets caught up against the cage this time by Bahadurzada, who is also slowing down from the start of this round. Exchange of uppercuts by Howard and knees from Bahadurzada inside the clinch as the round begins to wind down. Howard picks up Bahadurzada, carries him on his shoulders across the cage and slams him head first down to the canvas.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Howard

Round 3: Howard shoots for the takedown, working a single-leg, but he is unable to get it. A vocal exchange between the two follows. Howard with another takedown and he is hammering down from the top. Nasty punches from “Doomsday,” but Bahadurzada survives. Back to the top position and side control for Howard, who will walk away with the decision if the final two minutes go like this. Howard gets the hooks in and rolls to his back, angling for a rear-naked choke as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Howard

John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan

Our second of three featherweight bouts is next, with Dennis Siver (21-9) looking to rebound from a TKO loss to Cub Swanson against Manny Gamburyan (13-7).

Siver has moved around three different weight classes now, and is 6-2 in his last eight – both defeats being stoppage losses to Swanson and Donald Cerrone. Gamburyan is one of co-main eventer Ronda Rousey’s main coaches and is on a two-fight win streak.

Round 1: Siver using his excellent kicking skills early, following up with a takedown. Gamburyan, though, has a potential armbar in his grasp. Siver gives up the position and avoids the armbar completely by standing up. Nasty body kick by Siver connects. Gamburyan with a takedown, working for a potential heel hook or leglock, but he is eating several big fists by Siver for his efforts. Gamburyan stands up with Siver on his back, trying to buck him off.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siver

Round 2: Gamburyan ends the kickboxing contest with a takedown, shooting for the single-leg and scoring with it. So far, though, he hasn’t been able do much damage from the position. As they pan out, it appears Siver is busted open and bleeding pretty badly. Maybe an elbow or accident headbutt to blame. Back to the feet we go, and Gamburyan is throwing with more power and effectiveness now. Another takedown by Gamburyan as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan

Round 3: I’ve got this split after two rounds, so we should be in store for an action-packed conclusion. Siver gets the first takedown of the round, but so far, has been unable to advance his position. Instead, it’s Gamburyan really going for the submission, working for a choke before switching to a kimura. Siver now on the back, getting a hook in and working to break Gamburyan down. He moves to his own back, locking in a figure-four around the waist with over a minute to work. No finish, but a strong final round for Siver.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siver

Dennis Siver def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson

Two lightweights looking to make a move closer to a future title fight step inside the cage next, as Gleison Tibau (28-9) does battle with Michael Johnson (13-8).

Tibau is on a two-fight win streak and is 6-2 since a 2010 loss to Jim Miller. Johnson is coming off a win over Joe Lauzon and is 5-4 with the UFC, including a defeat in ’10 to Jonathan Brookins in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter.

Round 1: Tibau landing some big strikes here to start the action, swinging with everything at the head area. Smooth left gets through by Johnson, as does a pair of right hands. Tibau catches Johnson moving to his left with a swift right hook. Johnson wobbles Tibau with a big strike, the first such incident in the fight. Tibau goes for a takedown, and has hold of Johnson up against the cage as the round comes to a conclusion.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 2: Johnson doing a nice job of cutting off Tibau and avoiding the power strikes as well. Johnson catches Tibau in the middle of the Octagon and this one is all over. A few extra shots, but Tibau was out after the first. A perfectly-landed left hand to the temple finished Tibau.

Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau via KO (strikes) at 1:32 of Round 2

Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall

In what many feel is a loser-leaves-town bout, middleweights Chris Leben (22-10) and Uriah Hall (7-4) will conclude the prelims for this evening.

Leben, who holds the UFC record for most bouts in the division at 22, hasn’t won since 2011 and is just 4-4 in his last eight overall. Hall is still searching for his first “official” Octagon win since becoming a household name on The Ultimate Fighter.

Round 1: Hall with a huge flying knee that sends Leben to the canvas. Leben recovers and comes out throwing back at Hall. Here we go. Leben just misses a big left and has Hall backtracking. Another knee just misses the chin of Leben, as Hall has a nine-inch height advantage. Nice right uppercut by Hall gets through, as “The Crippler” is bleeding. Leben grabs the clinch, and Hall answers back with a knee to the face. Leben getting off better offense now, not throwing as wildly as he was earlier in the round. Hall drops Leben again and pounces, landing a flurry of shots as the horn sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

Round 2: Leben told his corner that the fight was over. He asked if he had been knocked out, and told his coaches he was done.

Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1


Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao

We open up the pay-per-view main card with featherweights Dustin Poirier (14-3) and Diego Brandao (18-8) in action.

Poirier scored a decision over fellow Top-10 fighter Erik Koch this past August, improving to 2-2 in his last four. Brandao has won three straight since a 2012 loss to Darren Elkins and is 7-1 in his previous eight.

Round 1: Reports have Brandao coming in after a car accident, which caused him to miss weight badly. Poirier was very upset and let him know about it during weigh-ins. Brandao did get down to 151 after first hitting the scales even bigger. Brandao drops him and lands a kick to the face just as Poirier was standing. Nothing hurt, though, and we continue on. Nasty leg kick by Brandao after Poirier connects with a right hook. Poirier hits a right and Brandao answers with a straight kick to the body. Great fight so far through two minutes, as many feel this could be “Fight of the Night.” Brandao drops him again with a shot, but Poirier quickly gets to his feet. Brandao with a takedown and Poirier gets to his feet immediately and catches him against the fence. Poirier is pouring it on, dropping Brandao and a second time. Nasty shots by Poirier and Brandao is hurting as he hammers down from the top. Brandao looks out and the ref steps in with just seconds left.

Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:54 of Round 1

Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes

Our second lightweight bout heads to the Octagon next, as Jim Miller (22-4) looks to improve to 9-2 with one no-contest in his last 12 fights against Fabricio Camoes (14-7-1).

Camoes had a three-fight win streak snapped by Melvin Guillard in his last fight, which took place in 2012.

Round 1: Camoes looking to take this one to the ground, but Miller fights it off. Some heavy kicks thrown by Camoes, and Miller answers him right back. Miller catches a head kick and uses it, tossing Camoes to the ground with a takedown. Miller has an armbar nearly locked in, as he seemed to bait Camoes into it. He keeps hold of the move and calmly gets the submission, as Camoes is forced to tap.

Jim Miller def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (armbar) at 3:42 of Round 1

Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne

A heavyweight division title-eliminator is up next, as Josh Barnett (33-6) seeks his third straight victory against Travis Browne (15-1-1).

The winner here is likely to face Fabricio Werdum in a No. 1 contender match – if Werdum agrees to fight while current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez recovers from surgery.

Barnett is an ex-UFC champion, while Browne has won two straight – both via first round knockout – since a loss to Antonio Silva.

Round 1: Barnett looking to grind away on Browne, as he quickly bullies him up against the fence. Browne avoids a takedown attempt and lands a nice left. Barnett trying for the clinch and Browne lands a knee instead. Browne, like he did to Gabriel Gonzaga, lands several elbows inside the clinch and Barnett is out. Browne keeps firing away and the ref jumps in to save Barnett. What a statement. Browne even does Barnett’s signature throat slash as the medics continue to check on Barnett.

Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett via KO (strikes) at 1:00 of Round 1

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Miesha Tate for the UFC female bantamweight championship

Our first of two championship rematches will feature Ronda Rousey (7-0) putting her UFC female bantamweight title on the line against Miesha Tate (13-4) in the co-main event.

Back in 2012, Rousey successfully submitted Tate in the first round via armbar with just 33 seconds left in the first round. The two were coaches on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Round 1: No touch of gloves, just crazy swinging right away. Rousey clinches, grabs her and gets a takedown, but Tate quickly gets to her feet and up against the cage. Rousey with a nice knee to the body, showing more striking than usual at this point in the match. Tate fires back with a knee to the stomach and another. Rousey with a front kick and gets Tate back to the ground. Tate goes for a triangle and Rousey picks her up, but is unable to slam her. Tate with a takedown and on top, avoiding the armbar for now. Rousey working for it now, posturing herself up. Rousey has a modified triangle locked in, but is still looking to lock in the armbar. Rousey has busted open Tate’s face, but she gets free and they are swinging again. All-out attack by both fighters and Tate is hurting Rousey with strikes. Rousey answers with a judo takedown and is on top with 90 seconds left in the round. Rousey takes the back and Tate sweeps to the top. Back to the feet and Tate gets thrown to her back again, getting too aggressive and trying to charge in. Tate with a nice right and blocks the takedown this time as the final seconds tick away.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rousey

Round 2: Here we go with the first time Rousey has ever been taken into the second round. Tate comes out smiling and attacking, and Rousey knocks her to the canvas. Upkick just misses by Tate, but the second and third ones don’t and Rousey wants no more of that. Another judo throw by Rousey with ease off a takedown attempt by Tate. Rousey appears to want to test her striking, letting Tate get back up. Another takedown by Rousey and she moves to the back, working herself to side control while Tate scrambles. Rousey getting the better of her against the fence, while Tate fires back with a pair of knees to the body. One more judo throw and Tate is on her back again. Tate flips her legs up and brings Rousey back, almost locking her arm in. She’s unable to get it and Rousey has the left arm, switching to mount as we go under two minutes. Rousey has her trapped, landing several big shots before switching to the armbar again. She has it but Tate gets out of it once again. Rousey goes back to punching her face and still has a potential armbar lock. Rousey with a reverse triangle as we go under 50 seconds. Tate is attempting to break the choke from around her neck. She does it again, surviving the armbar and the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rousey

Round 3: Tate trying her best to survive the armbar again, but she can’t do it this time. Rousey scores with it and gets the submission, her eighth in her career via the move. Tate attempts to shake hands after, but Rousey blows her off.

Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at :58 of Round 3

Chris Weidman (c) vs. Anderson Silva for UFC middleweight championship

We’ve reached the main event – and one of the most talked about rematches in MMA history. Chris Weidman (10-0) will try to defend his UFC middleweight title against the man he took it from this past July, Anderson Silva (33-5).

Weidman scored a second round knockout victory earlier this year, becoming the first fighter to defeat Silva inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Loud chants for Silva, as the MGM Grand is packed with Brazilians. Weidman with a takedown less than a minute into the fight, but Silva gets right back to his feet. Nice knee by Silva inside the clinch, and there is definitely no playing around in this fight. Exchange of knees, but Weidman has Silva hurt. Silva goes down and Weidman is attacking, landing several big shots. Weidman grabs hold as he gets stuck inside the guard. Possible submission attempt is there for Weidman, who misses with an elbow. Neither fighter really advancing, but Weidman now has an opening with elbows, connecting on two straight. Under two minutes we go, and Weidman is just out of reach of landing big shows from the top. A “USA” chant breaks out and Weidman answers with an elbow. Silva responding with hammer-fists from the bottom, keeping himself active. Elbow lands by Weidman, who appears to be cut.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 2: Inside leg kick by Silva, who is on guard at all times so far in this fight. Weidman checks this leg kick attempt. Body shot by Weidman, who proceeds to check a leg kick. Silva drops, as he has likely suffered a broken leg. This one is all over, and Silva’s career could be as well. His leg appears to have snapped, as it was just dangling there.

Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva via TKO (injury) at 1:16 of Round 2