UFC 168: Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 2 Preview

By Jeremy Green
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It’s almost time for UFC 168, which features one of the most important, historic rematches to take place inside the Octagon between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. This is arguably one of the biggest fights in UFC history, and so much is on the line for both fighters. For Weidman, he will be looking to prove he’s the better man and that he can defeat Silva twice in a row.

If he does, he’s already an all-time great, proving that the new generation of fighters is here and can hang with the best of them. For Silva, he will be looking to prove that the first fight was a fluke, and that he’s still the best pound-for-pound fighter to ever step foot inside a cage.

He made a tremendous mistake in his first fight with Weidman, putting his hands down and getting knocked out cold by Weidman in the second round. He believes this was just a technical mistake and has been saying the Silva of old — the one who knocked out Stephan Bonnar and Vitor Belfort — is back. This remains to be seen, but it seems like he has taken the loss well and is ready for UFC 168.

Even though these two have already fought, there are a lot of questions remaining. Will Weidman be able to beat Silva, who is considered the best fighter to ever compete in MMA, again? He certainly has the tools both in the standup and grappling to do so. Not only was Weidman able to finish Silva in a decisive way, but he showed some great success on the ground.

Weidman took Silva down early, landing some hard shots on the ground. This might be his best path to victory. And who knows, maybe Weidman will finish the fight by submission this time around.

Another question is what kind of Silva are we going to see? Will it be the Silva who is all-business, like the one who landed one of the most sensational front kicks on Belfort? Or, will it be the mocking Silva, the one who kept playing around like when he fought Demian Maia and Weidman the first time? Time will only tell, but this middleweight title fight is the biggest fight in the history middleweight division, and it should be a great one for the fans.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.

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