UFC Fight Night 168: Preview and Predictions - Read MMA

Rousey's rise from /r/MMA's Perspective

McGregor's rise from /MMA's Perspective
Garbrandt’s rise from /MMA’s perspective
Got the idea from /soccer's growing believe
These are comments taken from pre-fight and post-fight threads for Rousey.
November 18, 2011: vs Julia Budd (Pre-UFC, Strikeforce)
March 3, 2012: vs Miesha Tate, Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship.
August 18, 2012: vs Sarah Kaufman
February 23, 2013: vs Liz Carmouche (First female UFC fight)
December 28, 2013: vs Miesha Tate
February 22, 2014: vs Sara McMann
July 5, 2014: vs Alexis Davis
February 28, 2015: vs Cat Zingano
Rousey vs the next two contenders, one at a time.
Rousey vs the next two contenders, at the same time.
Rousey vs Cyborg, Pride rules, no drug testing.
Rousey vs an actual cyborg.
Rousey vs a man.
Rousey vs any non-top-15 women's bantamweight wielding a taser.
Rousey vs her own mother.
So no one say "Now what?" She's got options, people." - deadmanRise
August 1, 2015: Bethe Correia
November 15, 2015: vs Holly Holm
December 30, 2016: vs Amanda Nunes
Pre-fight: just look at front page posts comments in general atm
Post-fight: ?
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r/mma UFC 168 Ultimate Viewer's Guide – How to watch, Fight Previews, Media, Odds and more

I heard you like rematches. Well then you’re in for a treat. Saturday brings us UFC 168, headlined by one of the biggest rematches in UFC history at an event that promoter Dana White hypes as the UFC’s biggest ever. Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will square off in an immediate rematch to determine if Weidman’s first victory was a one-time occurrence or if he really is the better fighter. The co-main features another championship rematch between the face of women’s MMA, Ronda Rousey, and her less-than-best-friend Miesha Tate.
Here you will find a basic primer for new and casual fans, as well as collection of links and useful information for the fans of any degree. Check the comment section to find the post continuation for "How to Watch" information, etc.
Check out the end of the year mmatournament for a chance to win some original MMA artwork.
Event Date: Saturday, Dec 28, 2013
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada


All odds taken from Bovada at time of post. Visit the link to view fractional (UK) and decimal (AU) odds.


Weightclass(lbs): Fighter (US odds) vs. Fighter (US odds)
PPV Main Card (10:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm PT) - See “How to Watch” for your local time.
  • Middleweight Championship (185): Chris Weidman (+140) vs. Anderson Silva (-170)
  • Women’s Bantamweight Championship (135): Ronda Rousey (-750) vs. Miesha Tate (+475)
  • Heavyweight (265): Josh Barnett (-200) vs. Travis Browne (+160)
  • Lightweight (155): Jim Miller (-400) vs. Fabrício Camões (+300)
  • Featherweight (145): Dustin Poirier (-230) vs. Diego Brandao (+180)
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT)
  • Middleweight (185): Chris Leben (+240) vs. Uriah Hall (-310)
  • Lightweight (155): Gleison Tibau (-160) vs. Michael Johnson (+130)
  • Featherweight (145): Dennis Siver (-270) vs. Manny Gamburyan (+210)
  • Welterweight (170): John Howard (+130) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (-160)
Online Prelims (7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT)
  • Welterweight (170): William Macario (+145) vs. Bobby Voelker (-175)
  • Featherweight (145): Robbie Peralta (-200) vs. Estevan Payan (+160)


Chris Weidman (Champion) vs. Anderson “The Spider” Silva (Challenger)
"Tale of the Tape" Fighter stats
Recently crowned middleweight champion Chris Weidman defends his belt against its former owner and former number 1 pound-for-pound fighter Anderson Silva. The two first met at UFC 162 in July of this year, where Weidman handed Silva his first loss since 2006 and first ever loss by knockout.
The second round knockout over one of the greatest fighters of all time shocked the MMA world. Few predicted such a dramatic finish despite Weidman entering the fight with the narrowest betting odds for one of Silva’s opponents in several years, and with many of his fellow fighters favoring him for the upset victory.
The nature of the Silva’s loss sparked a barrage of allegations from fans and media that ranged from questioning his motivation to accusing him of intentionally throwing the fight. The showmanship and provocation inside the cage that has become a staple of Silva’s fights was believed by many fans to be his downfall. Perhaps the single most discussed subject leading into the rematch is whether Silva will once again taunt Weidman in an effort to draw him into his own game, play to the audience, or both.
Silva remains enigmatic as always in his interviews, maintaining that the loss had nothing to do with his in-cage antics and claiming he doesn’t plan any significant changes in the rematch. He attributes the loss to “basic mistakes” and enters the rematch with what appears to be a reignited motivation to win that may have been waning in recent times.
Weidman stated prior to the first fight that he was willing and expecting to have an immediate rematch with Silva if or when he beat him at UFC 162. At the post-fight press conference he never wavered from that willingness, and one week later Silva had signed on to the rematch himself. Leading up to the first fight, Weidman was coming off of an extended layoff due to shoulder surgery, and also experienced the loss of his home to Hurricane Sandy. He admits that those issues had an effect on his performance, and expects to step into the cage as an even stronger competitor this weekend.
Dana White has stated that Vitor Belfort is next in line for a title shot against the winner, barring the possibility of something “crazy” happening. If Weidman wins, that will undoubtedly be the next fight. Silva on the other hand has been talking about his desire to fight famed boxer Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match long before his first fight with Weidman at UFC 162, and hoped to do so with a win that night. The loss brought discussion of those plans to a temporary halt, but Silva maintains his interest in that boxing match. White has said he is open to discussing the proposed fight, but any future plans are limited to that statement. Either way that potential matchup may take a backseat to Silva fighting Vitor.
Edit: Silva also mentions in his pre-fight interview linked below (which came out after writing this post) that retirement is an option after the fight, but he is known for just messing with the media and being obtuse. There could be truth to it, or it could mean nothing.
Veteran ref Herb Dean draws main event duty. The announcement of the assignment was almost unanimously well received by mma. Dean is considered one of the top refs in MMA. He also was the third man in the cage when Weidman and Silva first fought at UFC 162.
Chris Lee, Patricia Morse-Jarman, and Junichiro Kamijo will judge the main event. All three judges are in the top 15 for most fights judged, according to MMADecisions.com
Technical Breakdowns:


“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (Champion) vs. Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (Challenger)
“Tale of the Tape”
The co-main event features another rematch, with another title on the line. Similar to the Weidman vs. Silva matchup, the roles are reversed for the competitors here as well. However, the fight timeline and circumstances of this meeting are quite different.
In March, 2012, Rousey and Tate met for the first time in the now defunct Strikeforce promotion. Rousey successfully submitted Tate by armbar in the first round to take the belt and dislocated Tate’s elbow in the process. At the time it was Rousey’s 5th victory of her MMA career, and 5th first-round armbar submission. Since then she has continued this trend two more times before facing off against Tate again.
The rivalry between the two women dates back to before their first fight. It didn’t look like they would cross paths again so soon after Tate lost a number 1 contender fight against Cat Zingano to determine Rousey’s second title defense as the UFC’s bantamweight champion. Zingano and Rousey were selected to coach opposite each other on the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter reality show with plans to fight afterward, however, a knee injury forced Zingano out of the fight and coaching job. This paved the way for Tate as a replacement, given the ease of promoting the rematch between the rivals and the reality television appeal of the matchup.
Tate admits that she went into the first fight too emotionally charged due to her dislike of Ronda, which she believes hindered her performance. Ronda says she is ready to finish Tate again and close the door on their rivalry, which is more personal than competitive in nature. She is confident that she has made significant improvements since they first fought, at which point she had done very little full-contact MMA sparring.
Technical Breakdowns:
Continued in comments...
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UFC Fight Night 35 - Rockhold vs Philippou

Televised prelims start at 5PM ET. Main card at 7PM ET
Line up and odds I took from bet365.
Luke Rockhold @-400 vs Costas Philippou @+300
Lorenz Larkin @-250 vs Brad Tavares @ +200
TJ Dillashaw @-300 vs Mike Easton @ +240
Yoel Romero @-275 vs Derek Brunson @+225
John Moraga @-333 vs Dustin Ortiz @+250
Cole Miller @-150 vs Sam Sicilia @+120
Ramsey Nijem @-160 vs Justin Edwards @+130
Isaac Vallie-Flagg @+140 vs Elias Silverio @-140
Trevor Smith @-160 vs Brian Houston @+130
Alp Ozkilic @-300 vs Louis Smolka @+240
Vinc Pichel @-163 vs Garett Whiteley @+138
Charlie Brenneman @-175 vs Beneil Dariush @+150
Some articles I like to read after my own analysis:
Main card: http://www.kamikazeoverdrive.net/ufc-fight-night-35-rockhold-vs-philippou-predictions-kamikaze-overdrive-mma/
Prelims: http://www.kamikazeoverdrive.net/ufc-fight-night-32-belfort-vs-henderson-prelim-predictions/
Panel weighing in on full card: http://www.kamikazeoverdrive.net/predictions_panel/
I will post my own thoughts on this card later but for now leaving this thread here for anyone else who bets on UFC. There was a UFC 168 thread created here so hopefully we get some posts.
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Ways for 'The Notorious' One to win... Written, after discussion with another MMA fan, Cian O'Connell.

As the hype gathers pace and both men reach their peak during a long training regime, I hope to provide some insight into the tactics and adjustments McGregor needs to make to win. I think he can be victorious on the 20th of August if he can implement some subtle changes in his game plan.
Since the first contest, social media has proposed some polarising opinions about the result; ranging from ‘Nate destroyed him from start to finish’ to ‘Conor gassed and it was a fluke.’ Both seem ridiculous to me and other informed observers. Others have suggested, like Joe Rogan and Diaz himself, that McGregor needs to spend more time on his Jiu Jitsu and drastically improve his skills. I disagree as McGregor’s skill level was of ample quality from the previous contest ; he swept Diaz beautifully in round one and controlled him on the mat just before the bell concluded the round with McGregor holding the upper hand. Diaz did win the first meeting between the two via rear naked choke but the moments leading up to this finish was the result of McGegor’s own immediate exhaustive state than Diaz’s ‘superior’ skill set. There are plenty of changes that McGregor can make that could make the second contest go in his favour.
Primarily, McGregor needs to alter his attitude towards the various challenges Diaz poses. The evidence suggests that McGregor underestimated Diaz, from the changes in his preparation to his fight strategy, everything points to McGregor expected an easy night. Part of McGregor’s downfall was his attempt to knock Diaz out very early in the fight, in a way that would be similar to the shot that landed ten seconds into his Featherweight title bout against Jose Aldo. McGregor’s bravado/ reputation of ‘Mystic Mac’ in the past has been proven by finishing opponents early; but it may have instilled within him a confidence to do the same to a bigger man in a weight division he has never experienced before . In hindsight the policy of attempting to finish Diaz early was a terrible decision, as Diaz is a lot more resilient than Aldo was due to a larger frame and the lack of a difficult weight cutting process. In a way observers may identify McGregor betrayed the practice that won him many fights previously, ‘Precision beats power, and timing beats speed .’ McGregor and his management team at SBG Ireland now realise that Diaz has a resilience that McGregor has not encountered before and they MUST understand that Diaz will need to be gradually worn down, not like the lighter previous opponents.
The second major adjustment he needs to make is his specific preparation for this fight. As evident from the pre-fight press conferences the change in weight classes hindered McGregor’s preparation. When contrasting McGregor’s frame in his 145 pound bout weigh-ins in comparison to this 170 pound weigh-in McGregor’s mindset seemed elsewhere; as if the struggle to lose all that weight sharpens the concentration and will. His boasts of eating ‘two or three’ breakfasts and a reduction in cardio workouts appear to clarify this thought. McGregor weighed in at a very healthy looking 168 pounds. The ease in which he made the weight lead to speculation, among journalists and fans alike, that he may seek to challenge for the Welterweight championship, recently won by Tyron Woodley, in the future. I believe once his opponent changed from Rafael Das Anjos, who pulled out to due to a broken foot, to Diaz his training did too. He no longer had to cut to 155 and instead seemed too concerned with bulking in size. This in turn must surely have affected his cardio. It's practically impossible to bulk up without reducing cardio output, as cardio will burn calories. The noises coming from his camp seem to suggest they see the error of their ways. Conor has made referenced to being ‘lighter,’ ‘leaner’ and ‘faster’ for the rematch. As the fight takes place 170 pounds I would expect him to weigh-in between 160 and 165 pounds. His camp is also addressing the cardio issue; John Kavanagh has posted pictures on Instagram of McGregor training with a sports science team in Dublin in an effort to improve cardio and to assist his ability to fight at his usual level at a higher weight. If you believe, as I do, that McGregor’s large volume of output and decreased cardio was the deciding factor for his loss, addressing this issue is vital for success against Diaz. The second alteration is in relation to McGregor’s fight strategy with a specific importance to be placed upon his shot selection. In the first fight it was clear the Dublin native tried to end the fight early with power shots. He did not make use of his right handed jab to wear down a resilient Diaz, but continued to overextend on left hand finishing shots; SevereMMA’s Andrew McGahon identified five power punches that were thrown within a sixty second period. This not only cost him vital energy but rendered his attack more predictable than usual; McGregor’s strength has always been in his unique ability to attack an opponent from a variety of angles with an arsenal of strikes with every limb. I think a more considered and varied attack would work to his advantage in the rematch. Diaz has a tendency to be heavy on his lead leg and this could allow McGregor to attack it with low kicks which will pay off later in the fight. He also needs to incorporate more of the left and right high kicks that he brilliantly used to control Denis Siver in their fight in Boston. These kicks are not always the most devastating in relation to damage but they allow McGregor to control his opponent's movement and take them out of their rhythm. It also minimises Diaz’s willingness to attempt a takedown. It's important too that he reduce his use of the wild spinning back kick, which only partially landed against Diaz once from four attempts. These kicks are energy sapping for McGregor and ineffective unless his opponent is hurt or growing tired, perhaps a front kick aimed towards Diaz’s stomach may help to reduce Diaz’s motor, as it did against Chad Mendes at UFC 189. The left uppercut worked well in the first fight but he also needs to make more use of the right uppercut; which may be effective when Diaz leans forward to avoid the left hand. Other factors, such as the clinch against the octagon wall, in which he seemed comfortable, need less of an adjustment. McGregor needs to keep the fight standing to a large extent and keep interactions on the mat to a minimum, if he does find himself on top on the ground, it might be wise to disengage before Diaz can attempt a submission. In conclusion, McGregor needs to forget the idea that he can take Nate out early and instead go in with a strategy of slowly breaking him down, picking him apart and getting a win later in the fight.
The obvious retort to all of this is no matter what McGregor does differently for this fight, Diaz will have a full camp to prepare and this will negate all of the above. While I feel Nate will improve with a full training regime, I don't see him drastically changing the way he fights. His cardio seems fine for the last fight and will only improve, the extent of his advantage in cardio over McGregor will depend more on McGregor's preparation than his. His fighting style and his excellent chin with not change with a full two month training period either. Diaz will be better prepared for the rematch but I don't think this is the deciding factor; as McGregor will have the same preparation time at this decided opponent and weight class, which he did not have prior to their previous bout.
McGregor needs to amend his attitude, preparation and strategy for the rematch. The lessons learned from the first contest should mean that he won't take Nate for granted again. Diaz is an excellent fighter and one McGregor won't dispose of early as he has done to others so often before. A full gas tank is vital for victory and McGregor’s work with the Irish Strength Institute and other specialists make us believe McGregor’s preparation will be top class this time around. McGregor and his training team will have identified the resilient chin that Diaz possesses and adjust accordingly. The 19-3 Featherweight champion should expect the rematch to be the longest of his career; victory, should it come, is most likely to be on points or with a late stoppage. Another possibility is that with Diaz's tendency to cut easily, a doctor’s stoppage.
McGregor will likely be identified as the underdog against Diaz by the bookmakers, and if the adjustments outlined previously are made, McGregor could make that a very attractive bet. An improved and focused McGregor has an excellent chance to win and continue on his path to superstardom that has never been seen before in the history of MMA.
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