I had the opportunity last night to watch the UFC 168 pay per view live last night in Frederick, MD along with a packed house at Buffalo Wild Wings on Shorebird Drive. Special thanks to the guys at Assault MMA Radio for inviting me for a fun evening. Here's a recap of the results, most of which I threw out on Twitter through the evening.
Preliminary Fights (on Fox1)
1. John Howard defeated Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision. Worth noting to pro wrestling fans is that Howard got Siyar up and hit him with his own version of Shellshocked, which is Ryback's finisher.
2. Dennis Siver defeated Manvel Gamburyan by unanimous decision
3. Michael Johnson defeated Gleison Tibeau by knockout in the second round
4. Uriah Hall defeated Chris Leben by TKO (referee stoppage) after round one. Leben actually said he was done fighting after round one.
UFC 168 Pay Per View Fights
Match #1 - Dustin Poirier defeated Diego Branado by knockout at 4:54 in Round 1.
Poirier put together a late string of punches to take Branado down. The official wanted to let Branado stay in it, but eventually had to step in and call it.
Match #2 - Jim Miller defeated Fabricio Camoes by submission at 3:43 of Round 1.
I, along with a few others, made a crack about Jim Miller shared the name of an accountant. But he can make you tap out, as he did to Camoes here. He worked a nice set-up into the kimura (which I called an armbar on Twitter, but in a jam-packed bar, hard to see where I was sitting), and Camoes tapped.
They replayed Johnson getting the win over Tibeau to fill some time.
Match #3 - Travis Browne defeated Josh Barnett by knockout at 1:00 of Round 1.
Browne caught Barnett with a knee that sent Barnett to his knees, then followed it up with a series of nasty elbow strikes that left Barnett bloodied and out. Impressive win. He then mocked the idea he was a striker in the post-fight interview, and said his win was for the blue collar fans in the nose bleed seats. Not a good "promo", but that's not what UFC is about.
They showed us Mike Tyson sitting in the crowd, then replayed Hall vs. Leben to fill some time.
Match #4 - Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Miesha Tate by submission (armbar) at 0:58 of Round 3 to retain the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship
Let me start by sharing the feeling at BWW when this match started:
All of BWW is at a TV for this #rouseyvstate— Bill (@Bill_SoonerFan) December 29, 2013
This place is electric #rouseyvstate— Bill (@Bill_SoonerFan) December 29, 2013
This was the fight of the night and the one everyone wanted to see. Everyone in BWW that I could see was watching it. Tate opened with some good strikes, but Rousey was able to take her down multiple times and landed a ton of strikes of her own. Tate survived round 1, and is the first woman to have done so against Rousey.
Tate smiled to start Round 2 and landed more strikes, but Rousey took her down. Pace slowed down with Rousey putting her weight on Tate up against the cage. Tate blocked an armbar attempt, so Rousey threw more punches then went for a reverse triangle. Tate got her hand in a position to keep the pressure of the hold from fully being exerted, so she was able to survive the last 30 seconds of the round. This was a win in and of itself for Tate to survive two rounds with Rousey. Rousey obviously had never been taken this far and looked a touch gassed.
It was over quickly in round 3 though. Rousey got a takedown, then after some jockeying for position she locked Tate in the armbar for the win. Tate offered a handshake, but Rousey refused it which drew boos from the live crowd. She also got booed as she was announced the winner.
In the post-fight interview, Rousey said that Tate did a great job and she's a great fighter, but refused to shake her hand because Tate disrespected her family. She also said being booed doesn't bother her. That prompted:
They also interviewed Tate, who got cheers from the fans. Tate admitted that Rousey was the better fighter on this night and mentioned that Rousey had worked on her right hand. Rousey is a huge draw, even though fans hate her, and this was in my estimation the fight of the night. A great women's bout with a lot of electricity and emotion behind it.
Match #5 - Chris Weidman (c) defeated Anderson Silva by TKO in Round 2 to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship
After some feeling out, Silva got knocked down and took some shots to the head, but the referee didn't step in. Silva held on to Weidman, but Weidman broke free and threw more shots. Silva never seemed out of it, and landed some hammer strikes at the end of the round. Weidman came up bloody as a result.
Round 2 is where this gets ugly. Silva throws a nice kick to the thigh, but then throws a leg check and his own leg snaps. You could see the flop, it was that noticeable. All of BWW groaned and winced collectively and I immediately thought of Sid Vicious and Joe Thiesmann.
Weidman celebrated but calmed down quickly and kept it much more subdued after he fully realized what happened. Silva was yelling and holding his leg in pain as they show a replay of what happened. Rogan pointed out that this injury very well could end Silva's career, given what it would take to come back from something like that.
In the post-fight interview, Weidman put Silva over as the greatest of all time and wished him the best in his recovery. Silva was stretchered out as the interview continued. A surreal moment that put a damper on the end of an otherwise great card and great night of fights, highlighted by Tate vs. Rousey. Rogan said it was only the second time something like this has happened in UFC.
Thanks for following along on Twitter last night. I realize we don't cover a ton of UFC stuff on the site, and it was a great opportunity for me to bring some live coverage to one of the bigger fight cards of the year to the site. If you've got an MMA bug, and want to help us cover the sport, let us know (email@example.com or DM on Twitter) as we'd love to have you.