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Sliva vs Weidman 2, Rousey vs Tate, Round 2

by: Kory Stone/Business Manager

Take Rousey

Fighters from left to right: Tate, Rousay, Weidman, Silva.
Photo courtesy of ZUFFA

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Anderson Silva 35 – 5, regarded by many as the greatest fighter to have ever lived, has lived this quote.  He just recently tasted his first defeat in over seven years, 17 fights and 14 title defenses, at the hands of Chris Weidman, a (10 – 0) and relatively unknown fighter. The epic knock out took place back in July 2013, in which Silva literally got caught with his hands down while show boating. This victory elevated Weidman to the number one spot in the middle weight division, but interestingly enough did not diminish Silva’s title as the pound for pound greatest fighter. They are set to face off again Dec. 28 as Silva looks to reclaim his throne. Can he do it, or will Weidman dish out another taste of defeat for the fallen fighter? One thing is for sure the “Spider” Silva is going into this fight with a bit more respect for the “All American” Weidman.

Also gracing the show is The Ultimate Fighter coaches & Bantamweight Champions, Ronda Rousey (UFC & Strikeforce) and Miesha Tate (Strikeforce). This fight could very well make an even more exciting match than that of Silva & Weidman, given both women’s passion and performances in the past;  not to mention the utter dislike they have for one another which was apparent during their first fight back in March 2012 while fighting for Strikeforce’s Bantam championship belt.  A fight in which Tate lost via arm bar to Rousey who then later went on to claim UFC’s belt. Thus so far the fight has garnered 5.6 million gate, or ticket revenue, ranking it as one of the biggest events in the promotion’s 20-year history. Can it live up to the hype?

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