UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman fight card

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

A look at the UFC's Independence Day weekend event headlined by a middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.

The UFC returns to Las Vegas this July for its annual Independence Day weekend show. Last year Anderson Silva successfully defended his middleweight title against the previously undefeated Chael Sonnen. This year he is defending his title at the MGM Grand once again, this time against top contender Chris Weidman. The entire main card consists of middleweights and featherweights, including the co-main event showdown between Ricardo Lamas and Korean Zombie, and Mark Munoz against Tim Boetsch.

If I had to pick the best fight out of the prelims it's undeniably John Makdessi versus Edson Barboza. Meanwhile, Mike Pierce's reward for a 3rd straight win is to stay buried on the preliminary card. Strikeforce vets Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy are the featured preliminary card fighters.

Here's the current fight lineup for July 6th, 2013:

Main Card

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman
Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung
Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch
Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson

Preliminary Card

Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig
Dave Herman vs. Shane Del Rosario
John Makdessi vs. Edson Barboza
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
Kazuki Tokudome vs. Norman Parke
Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell

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