UFC 168 weigh-in results: Weidman-Silva, Rousey-Tate official for title fights
The full UFC 168 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Chris Weidman (184) vs. Anderson Silva (185) – for UFC middleweight title
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Miesha Tate (135) – for women’s bantamweight title
Josh Barnett (252) vs. Travis Browne (242)
Fabricio Camoes (156) vs. Jim Miller (156)
Diego Brandao (151.5)* vs. Dustin Poirier (146)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Uriah Hall (185) vs. Chris Leben (185.5)
Michael Johnson (156) vs. Gleison Tibau (156)
Manny Gamburyan (146) vs. Dennis Siver (145)
Siyar Bahadurzada (171) vs. John Howard (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
William Macario (171) vs. Bobby Voelker (171)
Estevan Payan (145) vs. Robert Peralta (145.5)
* Brandao was 153 on his first attempt. He re-weighed to make 151.5 as his final weight. Brandao was fined 25 percent of his purse.]
Video replay: UFC 168 fighter weigh-ins
UFC 168’s Josh Barnett explains why he rarely watches MMA these days
“I think there’s too much athleticism and too little skill now,” Barnett, a former UFC heavyweight champion, tells USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie. “It’s far easier to be a mediocre skill guy with a lot of athleticism or a skilled guy in one area and so-so in the rest.”
You might guess what Barnett (33-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) thinks about his next opponent, the younger and potentially faster Travis Browne (15- 1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC).
“I say that Travis relies more on athletic ability,” Barnett says. “He’s improved from his first fight in the UFC, but I think it’s still a case of he knows where his bread is buttered.”Anderson Silva suggests in-cage antics will remain: ‘I always have to be me’“I’ve seen so many fights in my life at this point, it takes something special to pique my interest,” Barnett says. “It’s not because I hate watching fights. It’s just a lot of fights don’t intrigue me.”
Chris Weidman’s coach: Taunting ‘woven into the fabric of who Anderson Silva is’“There was one more thing: I learned that I have to be myself,” Silva tells USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie through a translator. “I always have to be me.”
Silva declined to elaborate on the statement. Was it the bizarre prefight buildup to the first fight, in which he proclaimed that a Weidman victory might actually be the best possible outcome? Or was it his actions inside the cage, which seemed more outlandish than usual?
With Silva, it’s impossible to know for sure. But ahead of the rematch, he insists the first fight will have no impact on the second.
“From the moment that a fight ends, that fight is in the past, win or lose,” Silva said. “Even when I was winning my fights, once it’s over, it’s over. It’s in the past, and you’ve got to look forward. It’s no different with this fight. When it was over, it was over, and now I’m looking forward to the next one.”
White: Cat Zingano next for UFC 168’s Rousey-Tate winner“I expect him to do all that stuff again,” says Weidman, who has been the champ for less than six months and will defend the belt for the first time. “But to be honest, I don’t really care. I don’t spend much time thinking about what he’s going to be doing.”
That approach might have helped him succeed in the first fight where others had failed. While Silva played, Weidman attacked. It’s why he doesn’t need to change much for the rematch, he says.
“My approach is the same as last time,” Weidman says. “Work hard in training camp, and work hard when I get in the cage. Be aggressive, follow my instincts, go forward and go for the finish.”
As for what Silva has planned, Longo has studied enough film on the ex-champ to know that his approach in the first fight wasn’t something Silva came up with on the fly.
“No matter what fight you watch of his, he does that,” Longo says. “I kind of think it’s woven into the fabric of who Anderson Silva is. I think it’s going to be hard for him to change. You’ve got to remember that clowning around is a tactic. It does mesmerize guys.”
White: Tate beating Rousey would second biggest upset ever“She’s doing good, and hopefully she stays healthy and we can get her back by summer,” White told MMAjunkie on Thursday. “She’s the No. 1 (contender). She’s numero uno.”
"Even if Miesha Tate beats Ronda Rousey I would still have to say when Matt Serra beat Georges St-Pierre, that's got to be the biggest upset ever in UFC history," White told FOX Sports Live on Thursday night.
What Tate can accomplish with a win over Rousey is jump over other notable upsets like Gonzaga defeating Cro Cop or 40-plus year old Randy Couture coming out of retirement and winning the UFC heavyweight title after 12 months away from the sport.
"It's No. 2 for sure," White said where Tate beating Rousey would fit in the all time UFC upset list.