UFC 168: "Weidman vs. Silva 2" marks the end of 2013 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As usual, the UFC plans to blow out the year with one of the deepest cards from top to bottom in the history of the promotion with a two title fights between some of the most recognizable fighters in the sport.
In the co-main event, Ronda Rousey puts her UFC Women's Bantamweight title on the line against her rival, Miesha Tate. They rivalry began in Strikeforce, where Rousey snapped Tate's arm to become the Strikeforce Women's champion.
Even in victory, the issues between the two fighters continued to simmer as they spent the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter (TU) coaching against one another. Tate's team proved to be the superior bunch as both of her representatives won at the TUF finale.
The main event bout between UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva provides just as much history. For years, Silva -- through his manager Ed Soares -- avoided Weidman, citing his inexperience in major fights.
That concern was proved to be correct when Weidman shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world by knocking "the Spider" unconscious in the second round to become the new champion. Though Silva sounded uncertain about his fighting future, he ultimately was granted a rematch with the new champ.
With such a star studded event, there have been rumblings on social media that the promotion would be raising the price of the pay-per-view (PPV) to $60, though without confirmation, those rumblings were believed to be hearsay at best.
Last night (Dec. 14, 2013), UFC President Dana White confirmed that the cost of the PPV would in fact be raised for the event, and seemed to be unapologetic with the decision. The reasoning is that the price increase is just $5, so therefore if it's going to break the bank, just invite a few more friends over.
To his credit, White confirmed that this is a one-time decision and won't be the norm moving forward.
Below is the full card...
Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall
Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson
Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan
John Howard vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker
Robbie Peralta vs. Estevan Payan
So what say you Maniacs? Is this card worth the $60 price tag?