Anderson Silva fractured his leg throwing a kick at UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman, ending one of the most anticipated rematches in recent history.
Weidman's first win over Silva could easily have been called a fluke, and now his second win over the greatest mixed martial artist of all time also comes with something of an asterisk.
Weidman looked good against Silva, rocking him with punches and using his wrestling game to control the former champion on the ground. We have seen Silva in trouble before, though, in exactly the same way twice against Chael Sonnen. Silva rebounded to win both of those fights.
But with Silva screaming in pain as he was strapped to a stretcher and carted out of the arena, all of that is moot now. Weidman is the champion, and will go on to defend his title against Vitor Belfort in the near future.
The future is far less certain for Silva. At 38, Silva's time at the pinnacle of the sport was likely running out anyway. While his transcendent skill allowed him to stay at the top far longer than most, fighting is a young man's sport, and now with this injury, it would seem that the odds are against Silva ever making it back to an elite level.
UFC 168's co-main event delivered a fight of the year candidate, and put a cap on one of the more bitter rivalries in UFC history. In the end, Ronda Rousey finished her eighth pro fight the same way she had her previous seven, armbarring her opponent.
Miesha Tate became the first fighter to make it out of the first round against Rousey, and tested Rousey's cardio in ways that no other fighter has, but a questionable gameplan betrayed her efforts, and she ended up falling victim to the best finishing hold in the business today.
Tate offered Rousey a handshake after the fight, but the champion declined, and was heavily booed in the post-fight for her actions. While it made for an uncomfortable scene, Rousey's willingness to play the villain is ultimately the best thing for UFC business going forward.
Had Rousey lost to Tate, their rubber match would have been one of the biggest in UFC history. But with Rousey cemented at the top of the division for the forseeable future, the promotion will now line up a series of challengers to vanquish the promotion's new biggest heel.
Round 1: Weidman missed with a front kick, but he really only used it to create some distance. Single-leg by Weidman, but Silva was back up to his feet immediately. Some knees to the body from Silva from the clinch. Weidman hurt Silva with a shot and threw a ton of punches from Silva's guard that threatened to end the fight. Those shots lacked power, and Weidman instead went to the ground in Silva's guard rather than punching himself out. Weidman went for a choke, but Silva stopped him. Weidman landed a good elbow from the top. Silva locked on a body triangle, but Weidman stayed on the offensive, landing a couple of good shots from the top. Silva landed a good elbow from the bottom. Weidman with a big forearm shot. Weidman sttod up, dodged an upkick, then threw a shot from the guard. Weidman's round, in a big way.
Round 2: Inside leg kick by Silva. Weidman missed charging in with a right hand. Silva threw an inside leg kick, but fractured his own leg in doing so. A quick, unexpected ending.
Result: Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva via TKO (injury stoppage) at 1:16 of Round 2.
UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Round 1: Both fighters swung and missed with right hands. A grappling exchange ensued, with neither fighter getting the upper hand. Rousey with a takedown, but Tate got back to her feet right away. Ronda landed some rights and got another takedown. Tate got back to her feet and got a takedown of her own. Rousey with a triangle attempt and some punches from the bottom. Tate stepped back and let her up. Judo throw by Rousey and working for the armbar. Tate slipped out and ended up on top, but she let Ronda back to her feet. Rousey with another judo throw but she let the challenger back up. Ronda landed some elbows. Crazy pace and Ronda looked gassed. Rousey's round.
Round 2: Tate with a right hand, but Rousey got a trip takedown. Rousey got blasted with a couple of upkicks and backed away, allowing Tate back to her feet. Rousey quickly struck again with a judo toss and ended up on top in guard. Miesha back up, but Rousey got her down again and transitioned to the armbar. Tate had her arm fully extended, but refused to tap and slipped her arm out of it. Rousey stayed on top of her and looked for a triangle, but Tate kept her arms together and kept Rousey from applying the hold. Big round for the champion.
Round 3: Rousey clinched and peppered Tate with some short rights. Rousey got a trip takedown and got the armbar. Tate tapped right away.
Result: Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at 0:58 of Round 3 to retain the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
Round 1: Grappling from close quarters, and Browne just looked much quicker than Barnett. Browne hammered away with short elbows and dropped Barnett with a knee to the face. Browne knocked Barnett out with elbows while Barnett was on his knees in front of him.
Result: Travis Browne defeated Josh Barnett via KO (elbows) at 1:00 of Round 1.
Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes
Round 1: Lots of trading punches from short range. Miller got a takedown off a missed high kick by Camoes, but Camoes was back up. Miller with another takedown, but Camoes ended up on top. Miller used the threat of a triangle to spin into an armbar attempt. Miller slapped on the armbar and got the submission. Miller is so sick on the ground.
Result: Jim Miller defeated Fabricio Camoes via submission (armbar) at 3:42 of Round 1.
Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao
Round 1: A lot of posturing and stance-switching in the early-going. Trading knees. Poirier with a leg kick and a counter right from Brandao. Body kick by Poirier. Brandao with a left hand to the body. Poirier with a good right hand. Brandao shot for a takedown but Poirier sprawled and stopped it. Poirier softened him up with body shots against the fence, then dropped him. Poirier finished with some ground and pound from Brandao's guard to seal the victory.
Result: Dustin Poirier defeated Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:54 of Round 1.
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Dennis Siver def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision
John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision
William Macario def. Bobby voelker via unanimous decision
Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan via KO