UFC 168 preview: 68 pre-event facts about ‘Weidman vs. Silva II’ in Las Vegas
Weidman’s six-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Francis Carmont for the longest in the middleweight division.
Weidman’s 10 MMA fights are the fewest among the UFC’s 10 male champions (both interim and undisputed).
Weidman is one of two fighters in the UFC middleweight division with an undefeated MMA record. Luke Barnatt (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is the other.
Weidman has out-struck every opponent he has faced in the UFC.
Weidman is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a standing elbow strike.
Weidman’s 66.7 percent takedown accuracy is tied for the fourth best in UFC history.
Weidman’s average of 4.21 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting is the highest rate among active UFC middleweights.
Weidman has only been controlled by his opponents for a total of three seconds in the clinch and on the ground throughout his UFC career, the shortest amount of any fighter in UFC history (minimum of five fights).
Weidman currently sits as a +155 betting underdog, making him the seventh biggest champion underdog going into a title fight in the past seven years of UFC action.
Silva enters the event off the first knockout loss of his 38-fight career.
Silva’s 13 UFC middleweight victories are tied with Yushin Okami for the most in history.
Silva’s 14 knockout or submission victories are the most by any fighter in UFC history.
Silva’s 11 knockout victories are the most by any fighter in UFC history.
Silva owns or is on the very of owning several other middleweight and overall UFC records, all of which can be viewed on his complete UFC career stat sheet.
Rousey has earned all seven of her professional victories by first-round armbar.
Rousey’s total cage time after seven professional fights is 12:28, an average of 1:47 per fight.
Rousey’s five armbar submission victories in UFC/Strikeforce competition are the most by any fighter in the combined history of the two organizations.
Rousey’s submission of Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 stands as the only submission victory in 15 UFC women’s bantamweight fights.
Rousey’s 25-second stoppage of Sarah D’Alelio at Strikeforce Challengers 18 was the second fastest submission ever in the now-defunct organization’s history.
Rousey’s 54-second tap-out of Sarah Kaufman at “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” was the fastest submission ever in a Strikeforce championship fight.
Rousey currently sits as a -800 betting favorite, making her the eighth biggest champion favorite going into a title fight in the past six years of UFC action.
Tate is the only fighter in combined Strikeforce/UFC/WEC/PRIDE history to come back from being knocked down three times in a fight to finish their opponent. She accomplished the feat against Julie Kedzie at “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman.”
Tate is the first female to challenge for a UFC title while coming off a loss.
Tate has earned at least one takedown in all nine of her UFC/Strikeforce appearances.
Tate’s 3.46 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in her Strikeforce career is the fourth highest rate for any fighter in the organization’s history.
Tate’s 18 takedowns overall in Strikeforce competition are tied for the fifth most in history.
Tate’s 11 submission attempts in Strikeforce competition are the fourth most by any fighter in company history.
REMAINING MAIN CARD
Josh Barnett’s (33-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak is tied with champion Cain Velasquez for the longest in the heavyweight division.
Barnett’s 20 submission attempts in UFC/PRIDE/Strikeforce heavyweight competition rank second in history behind Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (56).
Barnett has earned his past eight victories by knockout or submission, and has finished his opponent in 28 of his 33 professional victories.
Barnett is 12-2 in MMA fights in which he lands at least one takedown, dating back to 2004. Oppositely, Barnett is 5-4 in that same timeframe when he is taken down at least once.
Barnett has had the longest professional career of any fighter on the card. He made his MMA debut in January 1997.
Travis Browne’s (15-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) two-fight UFC winning streak is tied for the third longest in the heavyweight division.
At 6-foot-7, Browne is the second tallest fighter on the UFC roster (Stefan Struve).
Browne has earned 13 of his 15 professional victories by knockout or submission with 11 in the first round.
Browne has been controlled on the ground for just 45 seconds throughout his UFC career, the third shortest amount of time in UFC heavyweight history (minimum of five fights).
Browne has successfully defended all seven takedown attempts by his opponents in UFC competition.
Browne’s four UFC fight-night bonuses are the third most in heavyweight history behind Struve and Roy Nelson, who each have five.
Jim Miller’s (22-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) 11 UFC lightweight victories are tied with Melvin Guillard for the second most in history behind Gleison Tibau (13).
Miller’s 29 submission attempts in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history. He is second to Chris Lytle for the most submission attempts overall in UFC history (31).
Fabricio Camoes (14-7-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) returns to competition for the since time since a UFC 148 loss to Melvin Guillard, a span of 539 days.
Dustin Poirier’s (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) 385 significant strikes laded in his UFC career rank second in featherweight history behind Nam Phan (483). His 48.3 percent significant striking accuracy ranks fourth in 145-pound history.
Poirier’s three UFC featherweight submission victories are the most by any fighter in divisional history.
Poirier is the only fighter in UFC history to earn two submission wins via D’arce choke.
Diego Brandao’s (18-8 MMA, 4-1 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in the featherweight division.
Brandao’s 85.7 percent takedown defense accuracy ranks second in UFC/WEC featherweight history behind Jose Aldo (92.4 percent).
Chris Leben (22-10 MMA, 12-9 UFC) will compete in his 22nd UFC bout, tying Frank Mir and B.J. Penn for the sixth most appearances in history.
Leben enters the event on a three-fight losing streak, the longest drought of his 32-fight career.
Leben’s nine UFC middleweight knockout or submission victories are the second most in divisional history behind Silva (11).
Leben’s 1,780 total strikes landed throughout his UFC career rank first in middleweight history and third all-time behind Jon Fitch and Georges St-Pierre. His 561 significant strikes landed in 185-pound competition rank second in divisional history behind Michael Bisping (764).
Gleison Tibau’s (28-9 MMA, 13-7 UFC) 13 UFC lightweight victories are the most in history.
Tibau’s 21st UFC fight will tie him with Leben and Georges St-Pierre for the eighth most in company history.
Tibau’s 71 takedowns landed in UFC competition are the second most in organizational history behind St-Pierre (87).
Tibau has never been taken down more than once in a single bout throughout his 20-fight UFC career.
Tibau’s 91.9 percent takedown defense accuracy is the second highest in UFC history behind Jon Jones (95.8 percent).
Tibau’s total fight time of 3:49:39 in the UFC lightweight division is third most in history, behind only Sam Stout and Frankie Edgar. He can pass both with 1:30 of fight time.
Michael Johnson (13-8 MMA. 5-4 UFC) has been submitted in six of his eight professional defeats.
Johnson out-struck Joe Lauzon by a margin of 91 strikes at UFC Fight Night 26, the fourth largest disparity in a UFC lightweight bout.
Dennis Siver (21-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC) is 2-1 since dropping to the UFC featherweight division.
Siver is one of three fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick (Renan Barao, David Loiseau).
Siver’s 222 total strikes landed against Nam Phan at UFC on FOX 5 stands as the single-fight UFC/WEC featherweight record.
Manny Gamburyan’s (13-7 MMA, 4-5 UFC) 25 takedowns landed in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are tied with Mike Brown for the second most in divisional history behind Chad Mendes (37).
Gamburyan’s 11.64 takedown attempts per 15 minutes of fighting is the fifth highest rate for any fighter in UFC history.
John Howard’s (21-8 MMA, 5-3 UFC) knockout of Dennis Hallman at the 4:55 mark of Round 3 at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale stands as the latest knockout ever in a three-round UFC fight.
Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) competes for just the second time since making his UFC debut in April 2012.
Bobby Voelker (24-10 MMA, 0-2 UFC) enters the event on the first two-fight losing streak of his 34-fight MMA career.
Robbie Peralta’s (16-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) 23-second knockout of Jason Young at UFC on FUEL TV 5 stands as the fastest knockout in UFC featherweight history.
UFC 168 preview: A closer look at Anderson Silva’s career statistics
Currently ranked as the No. 2 middleweight in the world and the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, according to the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA rankings.
At 38, is the second oldest active fighter in the UFC middleweight division behind Cung Le (41).
Including UFC 168, will have fought in the main event in 16 of his 17 UFC appearances.
His 16 career UFC victories are tied with Chuck Liddell and Couture for the third most wins in UFC history behind Hughes (18) and St-Pierre (19).
Holds the UFC record for most consecutive victories with 16.
His 13 UFC middleweight victories are tied with Yushin Okami for the most in UFC history.
His 11 UFC knockout victories are the most of any fighter in organizational history.
His 12 post-fight bonuses are tied with Joe Lauzon for the most in UFC history and his six “Knockout of the Night” awards are the most in history.
Holds victories over six former UFC, PRIDE or Strikeforce champions (Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Carlos Newton).
At 38, will become the second oldest fighter to compete in a UFC championship bout behind Couture, who fought for UFC gold at 45 years old.
His 13th UFC title fight will move him into third place all time behind St-Pierre (14) and Couture (15).
His 11 victories in UFC championship fights are second to St-Pierre, who has won 12 UFC title fights.
Holds the UFC record for consecutive title defenses with 10.
His 2,457-day middleweight title reign between Oct, 14, 2006 and June 6, 2013 stands as the longest championship run of any fighter in UFC history.
His 67.5 percent significant striking accuracy is the highest rate of any fighter in UFC history.
His 78.9 percent takedown defense accuracy is the fifth highest in middleweight history.
Of his 16 UFC victories, has defeated his opponents by 12 different methods.
His 17 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are the most by any fighter in UFC history.
His seven knockdowns landed from the clinch position are the most for any fighter in UFC history.
One of just two fighters in UFC history to earn three knockdowns in a fight on two separate occasions. The other is flyweight John Lineker.
He is the only fighter in UFC history to force his opponent to submit to strikes from the bottom position. He accomplished the feat against Travis Lutter at UFC 67.
Has only fought past the second round four times in his UFC career and has only fought to a decision on two occasions.
Has only suffered one knockout loss in his 38-fight career.
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UFC fighters break down Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva
Will Anderson Silva claim his UFC title back? Does Chris Weidman has what it takes to shock the world once again?
Silva and Weidman will meet again at UFC 168 for the middleweight championship on Dec. 28, and MMAFighting.com asked 15 UFC fighters to break down one of the most anticipated rematch in the history.
Check out the pros picks for the UFC 168 main event, and post yours in the comments section below:
Renan Barao: I was shocked with what happened in the first fight, but we’re all humans and anything can happen in a fight. I didn’t believe it when I saw. But Anderson Silva will take the title back. Unfortunately that happened in the first fight, but that’s his fighting style. (Weidman) was lucky to connect that hand, but the next result will be completely different.
Fabricio Werdum: I see Anderson more focused, not playing around, and winning by knockout. He’ll beat Weidman standing, Weidman will go down and Anderson will punish him until the referee stops the fight. Focused, not playing around… But it’s a fight and anything can happen. Maybe there’s another surprise coming, but I don’t see this happening.
Wanderlei Silva: Anderson will win this fight. He won’t drop his hands to make it easier. If he goes there and uses his muay thai, it’s going to be an interesting fight. It’s the first time in a long time that he’s the challenger, so we have to wait and see how he’ll react to that. I hope he trained seriously because his title is not his responsibility, he’s carrying his whole country on his shoulder. He needs to take this fight seriously and bring the title back to Brazil. If he doesn’t want it anymore, win the fight, leave the belt on the ground and say "I’m done". If he wants to, fight to win.
Tarec Saffiedine: One of my friends trained with Anderson Silva a couple times and he said he looks like a monster right now, mentally and physically. I think Anderson is going to claim his belt back. Weidman didn’t respect his hands in the first one. Anderson is going to play that game a little bit, but he’s going to be more cautious this time. But betting against Weidman is tough, man. Weidman shocked the world and he might do it again. I think I’ll go with Anderson in this one.
Renzo Gracie: (Weidman) will win again, you’ll see. He’s really tough. Of course that Anderson has a big chance, he’s a fantastic man, but it’s a bad match-up (for him). Anderson uses that (taunting) to counter attack, that’s how he won a lot of fights. His history in MMA is amazing, he’s done amazing victories with that. He’s fast and hits hard, has a stand up game that nobody else can reach, but (Weidman) has a great wrestling and jiu-jitsu, and he won’t be afraid to fight standing. I always said that if someone had a chance to defeat Anderson was this kid, nobody else would.
Gegard Mousasi: I think Anderson Silva will win, maybe by decision. I believe Anderson will win this. He does that a lot of time and gets away with it and everyone recognizes him as one of the best of all times, and one time it didn’t go well. It’s a fight. Even the best fighter can lose once. I believe he’s the No. 1 guy in the division. It’s his way of fighting, but I think he’ll be more cautious this time.
Lyoto Machida: Anderson is taking his preparation really seriously for this fight. I haven’t spoken with him too much, but I know he’s training hard. He will surprise a lot of people in this fight and take his title back with a great performance. I was surprised (with the first fight) because Anderson showed he had all the tools to win, but sometimes a mistake can make you lose the fight. It always worked, but not that night. I don’t believe Weidman is that superior. I believe Anderson is way better, more experienced. Don’t get me wrong, Weidman is a nice guy, I always talk to him when we meet, and he’s a great fighter, a great champion, but Anderson is better.
Rafael "Sapo" Natal: It’s a tough fight, but Weidman will win. I knew his potential for a long time, his jiu-jitsu, wrestling and stand up game are great. But anything can happen in a fight. Anderson was completely dominating the first fight and Weidman did a great job by connecting that punch. I think it’s 50-50, but I believe Weidman has a great chance to win this fight again. If I had to pick one to win, I’d say Weidman.
Dan Henderson: Who knows? A lot depends on how Anderson Silva takes him seriously this time. I think he didn’t take him seriously before and he will now. Weidman has a great style and obviously hits hard. He looks dangerous and has the capability to beat him again. You can’t say that (doesn’t taking Weidman seriously) that is the reason he lost. He might lose again and doesn’t do that. But it definitely doesn’t help. I just wished he had done that when I fought him.
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante: Anderson uses that to frustrate his opponents. Imagine if you shoot five times against someone and they dodge four bullets? It’s frustrating. He’s really excited now. In my opinion, Anderson lost that fight to himself. He didn’t get in there to fight, actually. Anderson Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, nobody can beat him. He will knock out Chris Weidman.
Maurício "Shogun" Rua: It’s a tough fight for both. Chris Weidman is a really good fighter, undefeated, and Anderson Silva is a phenom. Anderson has a little advantage in my opinion. He will be more focused this time, won’t play around. He’s more well-rounded and wins by TKO.
Vitor Belfort: Weidman can’t play Anderson’s game. Anderson will bring him to his game. Weidman will try to fight his fight and the whole world will be watching it. The important thing is that I’ll be focused in my training. No matter who I fight, I’ll be better next time. I know it’s hard for you to believe I can get better, but I will. I’ve learned a lot of things that I didn’t use yet.
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza: I believe Anderson Silva will come back stronger and hungrier. That loss was a fuel for him. It’s a battle of styles. He lost the last time, but he will make (Weidman) pay. He will bring the title back to Brazil with a knockout.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva: I’ve spent two weeks in Rio with Anderson, trained with him a couple times, and he’s really focused. He’s motivated, with a completely different mindset. Fighting seriously, Anderson is unbeatable. He has good escapes on the ground and I don’t need to mention his stand up game. Sometimes a loss is more important than a win in your career. You’ll see a different Anderson Silva. It’s hard to predict how this fight will go because Weidman is a tough and well-rounded fighter, but I believe Anderson will defend the takedowns and get the knockout.
Cristiano Marcello: I think we’ll see a knockout. Anderson was dominating the first fight, forcing Weidman to move around. He’s more focused this time and (Weidman) won’t last more than three rounds.
Don Frye's epic UFC 168 predictions
With whiskey, cigars, a babe, and Don Frye, if you only watch one UFC 168 prediction video, make it this one. In fact, if you only watch one prediction video ever, this is it.
"I'm going to say things about your favorite fighter that are quite unflattering, and it's going to hurt your little feelings," predicts Don Frye. "Grow up! The world's a harsh place. You get through it, maybe. Or you get cast aside and stepped on, like the dumb $%!@ you are.
"Now get some beer, and get some takeout, and let's get ready for some high-quality violence. Let's call our bookie, place some bets, and start counting the money."
Diego Brandao over Dustin Poirier
Jim Miller over Fabrico Camomile
Josh Barnett over Travis Browne
Misha Tate over Ronda Rousey
Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva, by decision