UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva II live results and play-by-play for main card fights

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Live thoughts and results for the main card of UFC 168. The night's main event is a Middleweight title fight with champion Chris Weidman rematching Anderson Silva.

The UFC returns to Las Vegas tonight for UFC 168. The night's main event sees the newly crowned Middleweight champ Chris Weidman in the monumental rematch with former middleweight and pound-for-pound monster Anderson Silva. Keeping with the rematch theme, UFC Women's Bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey settles a heated grudge match with Miesha Tate, who opposed her as a coach on TUF 18.

Elite heavyweights grace the card in the Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne pairing while lightweight stalwart Jim Miller clashes with Brazilian Fabricio Camoes. Kickstarting the festivities is a Featherweight firecracker between scrappers Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao. Live results and play by play will commence as the UFC 168 pay-per-view begins at 10:00 p.m. ET.

UFC 168 Live PPV Card Results

Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao

R1: Poirier extends with a front kick and Brandao grazes with a streaking right hand. Outside low kick lands for Poirier. Brandao head-hunting with homerun lefts and rights. Another low kick/front kick combo by Poirier from distance. Brandao switches to southpaw and wings a heavy left hand. Poirier answers with a thudding punch that lands clean.

Brandao lobs four consecutive meatballs that Poirier narrowly evades. Brandao is able to secure a quick takedown but Poirier springs right back to his feet. Brandao measuring his pace and aggression pretty well by slinging heavy shots in intervals. Brandao hits another takedown but this time Poirier is immediately back on his feet and swarming Brandao with alternating rights and lefts. Brandao leans back on the fence and Poirier discharges a series of stiff rights to the body, hits a double leg takedown and bombs on Brandao as he's getting up. Brandao goes down and the massacre continues until the ref shows mercy.

  • Dustin Poirier defeats Diego Brandao by TKO (punches), Round 1

Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes

R1: Camoes snaps off an inside low kick. Miller fakes two jabs and can't connect on the right hook. Camoes throws a long left and it's answered in triplicate by Miller's quick hands. Again Camoes engages with strikes and Miller lights off a 3-punch counter combination. Camoes lands a glancing high kick that Miler catches and tries to turn into a takedown, but Camoes counter-wrestles well and lands in Miller's full guard.

Miller turns his hips and explodes into an armbar, hooking Camoes' leg and locking his hands to limit escape options. The tap comes shortly after.

  • Jim Miller defeats Fabricio Camoes by submission (armbar), Round 1

Travis Browne vs. Josh Barnett

R1: Barnett's outside low kick is countered by a quick left hook from Browne. Barnett looks for cage pressure via the clinch but Browne slips free. Browne again cracks Barnett with a counter, this time a short right, as he's throwing a low kick. Barnett tries to clinch up and control the head, then changes levels for a double when Browne runs out of real estate. Showing uncanny reaction ability, Browne amazingly times a counter knee to the body and discharges a thunderous salvo of short downward elbows to the side of Barnett's head. And he goes limp and crumbles. A career-defining and downright frightening performance from "Hapa."

  • Travis Browne defeats Josh Barnett by TKO (elbows), Round 1

Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate

R1: Unsurprisingly, we've bypassed the glove touch for this one. They collide in the center with mutual flurries and Ronda clinches up, looking to sneak around behind for the waist cinch. Tate spins free but gets sandwiched on the fence amidst busy right hands from Rousey. Tate breaks the clinch with a crisp combination; Rousey gets her down with something I couldn't see. Tate pursues a triangle and Rousey threatens to slam her Rampage/Arona style.

Tate scrambles free in mid-air and ends up on top of Rousey in full guard. Rousey gets triangle position with her legs and hammers successive elbows to the head. Tate, bleeding from the nose, patiently fights her way loose and bedlam ensues on the feet: Rousey scores with a right hand, Tate returns fire and clips her with a left hook and Rousey connects on a combo. They tie up and Rousey's hips are unfathomably strong as she hip bumps Tate off balance. Miesha scrambles free but ends up on her butt after a commanding throw. 10-9 Rousey for the more damaging strikes and overall Judo wizardry.

R2: Tate catches Rousey coming in but Rousey tosses her to the canvas easily. Tate clips her with a few legit up-kicks from guard and Rousey backs off. They connect and Tate sails to the mat. She's able to slip free but the same process is repeated. Rousey holds her against the fence during the ensuing escape and Tate tries to establish her balance with an underhook. Rousey flows into another hip toss and looks to trap the arm but Tate counters with an arm attack of her own, and almost gets it.

Rousey recovers and falls back with an armbar that looks locked in, but Tate shows unreal heart and technique in her next escape. Again they entangle in a blurry scramble and Rousey emerges with the arm trapped. This time Rousey locks Tate's head with her legs, securing an inverted triangle as Tate's in the turtle position. 10-9 Rousey.

R3: Tate makes no attempt to retreat and goes down quickly again after connecting with Rousey. The champ somehow just ends up in armbar position after a scramble and elicits the tapout this time.

  • Ronda Rousey defeats Miesha Tate by submission (armbar), Round 3

Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva

R1: After a tentative start, Weidman lands a front kick 30 seconds in. Weidman scoops up a single leg and takes Silva down but he's right back up and bombing a knee to the sternum with the over-under hold. Silva slithers his hands toward the Thai plum and starts to impose head control and Weidman breaks the clinch and dings Silva with a short right. Silva does some combination of falling down, pulling guard or getting taken down; Weidman goes high with both forearms and might be looking for a no-gi ezekiel choke.

Nothing's doing so he lets it go, postures up and fires down right hands. Silva answers with a punch and a back elbow from his guard. Anderson lands three sharp hammerfists off his back, keeping it from being a landslide. A sneaky right hand lands for Anderson but Weidman drops a heavy elbow. Weidman stands and dives back into Silva's guard with a right hand. 10-9 Weidman.

R2: Silva opens with a hard outside low kick. Silva is already staying lighter on his feet and moving laterally more in this frame. Stiff body kick from Weidman. Silva torques his hips into a low kick that Weidman checks but, in a bizarre and gruesome turn of events, Silva howls in pain and falls back on the canvas. The ref waves it off. The replay shows that Silva's entire lower leg fractures halfway up and dangles sickeningly. This is easily the most graphic and unsettling injury since Cory Hill's similar leg break.

  • Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva by TKO (injury), Round 2.

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