UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2 Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

The year that was 2013 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship is all but over, but before the curtain falls one more chapter must play out. Chris Weidman was considered the future of the Middleweight division, but earlier this year he took his future and made it a reality. At UFC 168, Chris Weidman will desperately try to hold onto that reality, by once again defeating the greatest fighter of all time and former champion- Anderson Silva. At UFC 162, Anderson Silva lost his Middleweight crown via second round knockout after he failed to respect the capabilities of his opponent. UFC 168 could be the last opportunity for the fallen champion to regain his position atop the 185 pound division.

While Silva’s legacy is already established- win, lose, or draw, Chris Weidman’s is not. Should Weidman fail to retain the strap many will look upon his initial victory as a fluke, a product of a miscalculation by a vastly superior fighter. If Weidman does not walk out of the cage on Saturday the champion there is no telling how his career will unfold from that day forth. Most everyone knew that to dethrone Anderson Silva, a challenger would most likely have to defeat him twice. While one victory was considered a herculean effort in itself, a second wasn’t even fathomable. Chris Weidman is halfway there. Can he complete the journey this weekend?

 

115lbs- Cynthia Calvillo (4-0-0) vs Pearl Gonzalez (6-1-0)

  • Cynthia Calvillo -259 (84%, 47 Votes)
  • Pearl Gonzalez +231 (16%, 9 Votes)

Total Votes: 56

185lbs- #4 Chris Weidman (13-2-0) vs #5 Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2)

  • Gegard Mousasi -111 (59%, 43 Votes)
  • Chris Weidman +105 (41%, 30 Votes)

Total Votes: 73

In the co-main event, Ronda Rousey returns to action against an old foe, as Miesha Tate looks to avenge her Strikeforce title loss by taking Rowdy’s UFC gold from around her waste. Miesha Tate climbed to the top of what was seen at the time as the pinnacle of Women’s MMA, by winning the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight championship. Before her rein could even set in, it was snuffed out of existence by the rising star that is Ronda Rousey. Rousey needed just under a round to vanquish Tate, via her patented armbar, and she will look to do it again in the UFC 168 co-main event. Rousey has quickly become the face of WMMA, but it was that face that was nearly crushed in her UFC debut. Is another close call in the books? Is there an upset of epic proportions in the works? Will Rousey retain her title in the same manner that we have all become accustom to?

155lbs- Will Brooks (18-2-0) vs Charles Oliveira (21-7-0 1NC)

  • Will Brooks -211 (66%, 38 Votes)
  • Charles Oliveira +200 (34%, 20 Votes)

Total Votes: 58

145lbs- Myles Jury (15-2-0) vs Mike De La Torre (14-6-0 1NC)

  • Myles Jury +363 (86%, 55 Votes)
  • Mike De La Torre -400 (14%, 9 Votes)

Total Votes: 64

Filling out the main card will be a massive, in more ways then one, Heavyweight collision. Josh Barnett has been on a tear, with only 1 defeat since his Pride Shockwave bout in 2006. After defeating Frank Mir in a short, but entertaining re-debut, Barnett put himself on the shortlist for a future title shot. While, Travis Browne rallied back to takeout former top contender Alistair Overeem. Browne endured an early onslaught before rallying to end Overeem’s night all inside the opening stanza. The winner of this bout will no doubt find themselves waste deep in the title contention conversation.

In a pair of lighter weight bouts, 155er’s Fabricio Camoes and #10 ranked Jim Miller will do battle. Camoes will be fighting for his job, with a 1-2-1 UFC record a third loss would almost certainly result in an early exit. For Miller, he needs a win to hold onto his position in the rankings and avoid falling completely out of the conversation after nearly gaining a title shot only a few years earlier. Opening the card, TUF champion Diego Brandao gets a must needed step up in competition when he meets #6 ranked Featherweight Dustin Poirier. Poirier is coming off a must needed win, upsetting Erik Koch who was tentatively tied to a title shot before an injury cost him the opportunity. In a division that is quickly loading up on talented contenders, the winner of this bout will firmly establish themselves as one of the big dogs in a pound that is full of them.

170lbs- #11 Kamaru Usman (9-1-0) vs Sean Strickland (18-1-0)

  • Kamaru Usman -316 (73%, 47 Votes)
  • Sean Strickland +276 (27%, 17 Votes)

Total Votes: 64

145lbs- Shane Burgos (8-0-0) vs Charles Rosa (11-2-0)

  • Shane Burgos -200 (66%, 38 Votes)
  • Charles Rosa +206 (34%, 20 Votes)

Total Votes: 58

The preliminary card is headlined by a Middleweight clash between TUF original Chris Leben and TUF ‘golden child’ Uriah Hall. Leben has fallen on hard times after a decent run to start his post-TUF career. Conversely, Hall has never got his UFC run on track after dropping the tournament finals he was defeated in a lack luster affair by John Howard. There is a very real possibility that the loser of this fight will be let go from the promotion. Michael Johnson also returns to action looking to add another win over a highly respected UFC Lightweight to his resume when he meets Gleison Tibau. Also on the undercard #7 ranked Featherweight Dennis Siver meets former WEC title challenger Manny Gamburyan.

Will youth prevail or can the Spider ascend to the top mountain one more time? Can Ronda Rousey finally rid herself of the rejuvenated rivalry with once defeated Miesha Tate? Tune in this Saturday to see all of the action, but before the bell sounds make sure you watch the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions and read the most recent preliminary prediction postings to get the inside edge on who will walk out of the cage with the win. Enjoy the fights!

MAIN CARD

185lbs- Chris Weidman (C) vs. #1 Anderson Silva

135lbs- Ronda Rousey (C) vs. #2 Miesha Tate

265lbs- #6 Josh Barnett vs. #5 Travis Browne

155lbs- #10 Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes

145lbs- #6 Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao

 PRELIMINARY CARD

185lbs- Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall

155lbs- Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson

145lbs- #7 Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan

 170lbs- John Howard vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

170lbs- William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker

 145lbs- Robbie Peralta vs. Estevan Payan

 

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