Two title fights, each with a unique reason to draw hardcore and casual fans alike.
Did Anderson Silva really lose the first fight as a result of his over-the-top antics? Does he need to revise his approach in the second go? Or does UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman have his number regardless of what he does inside the cage on Saturday night?
And before the main men even step foot inside the Octagon, fans will be treated to the second act in the heated rivalry between UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Is Tate destined for another armbar, or is this her time to shine under the Zuffa banner?
But let's go a step further down the UFC 168 rabbit hole.
How about that heavyweight tilt between a pair of consistently thrilling savages? MMA veteran Josh Barnett will look to outclass up and coming contender Travis Browne in a bout all but guaranteed to produce fireworks and mayhem.
Here's a breakdown of what the UFC has in store and where you can watch it:
|UFC 168: Full Fight Card and Start Times|
|Main Card||Pay-per-view||10PM ET|
|UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman||vs.||Anderson Silva|
|UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey||vs.||Miesha Tate|
|Josh Barnett||vs.||Travis Browne|
|Jim Miller||vs.||Fabricio Camoes|
|Dustin Poirier||vs.||Diego Brandao|
|Televised Preliminary Card||Fox Sports 1||8PM ET|
|Chris Leben||vs.||Uriah Hall|
|Gleison Tibau||vs.||Michael Johnson|
|Dennis Siver||vs.||Manny Gamburyan|
|John Howard||vs.||Siyar Bahadurzada|
|Online Preliminary Card||Facebook/YouTube||7PM ET|
|William Macario||vs.||Bobby Voelker|
|Robbie Peralta||vs.||Estevan Payan|
With names like Dennis Siver and Chris Leben spread through the undercard, there's no reason to doubt the appetizers before the evening's main course.
As we near fight time, be sure to return to Bleacher Report for live play-by-play and pre-fight analysis.
When the dust settles, will Weidman reign supreme? Will Rousey have her eight professional armbar under her belt? Or will the tides completely turn as both contenders oust the reigning champs?
|UFC 168: Main Card Predictions|
|Anderson Silva||defeats||Chris Weidman|
|Ronda Rousey||defeats||Miesha Tate|
|Josh Barnett||defeats||Travis Browne|
|Jim Miller||defeats||Fabricio Camoes|
|Dustin Poirier||defeats||Diego Brandao|
No matter the outcome, UFC 168 is sure to ignite the MMA furnace well into 2014.
Artem Moshkovich is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for MMA news and more.
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