UFC 168 – Ronda Rousey Strong But Not The Classiest; The Fall of Anderson Silva

UFC 168 is going to go down as one of the most historic MMA events of all time, for a variety of reasons. The main events of this evening worked to live up to the hype, but for mixed reasons. 

Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 


In the Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate fight, Tate pushed Rousey past the first round for the first time in her career. Tate showed her combativeness and did everything she could early on to stay away from Rousey’s devastating armbar. In the third round, Tate succumbed to Rousey’s armbar in what turned into a very exciting fight. 


But the story isn’t the loss, its what happened after the fight. When Tate reached out her hand to Rousey in a classy gesture, Rousey blew her off, saying that it was because of something said about Rousey’s family from Tate at some point. During the hype of a fight, lots of things are said and things are sometimes taken out of context, however, to not shake a fellow competitor’s hand after a hard fought fight is on the classless side and doesn’t show a true sport. 

Ronda Rousey
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

Rousey has never truly wanted to do all the good stuff for the PR and such, but she has a responsibility to be a true professional in front of a worldwide audience, and when she had the opportunity to take advantage of that moment, she didn’t, and its quite a shame. 

Hopefully, Rousey will show more class in her next fight at UFC 170 against Sara McMann.

Anderson Silva Breaks Leg vs Chris Weidman

This was the main event of the evening, and ended in a way that no one ever wants any sporting event to end. Silva was going for a leg kick on Weidman in the second round, Weidman blocked it and when the shins hit, Silva’s leg snapped, which then the fight was stopped and Silva was taken immediately to the hospital for surgery. 

 

Weidman was taking the fight to Silva with strong takedown and delivering some tough shots to Silva in the first round, and looked as though he was going to keep up the same game plan that he had earlier this year when he defeated Silva. 
 
If this is Silva’s last fight, then Silva has had one of the greatest careers for any fighter in the history of the UFC or MMA as a whole. Silva has represented the sport well and no matter what, his place as a UFC Hall-of-Famer is certainly cemented. 
 
 

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