December 28, 2013, the day fight fans had been counting down to; like eager children waiting for Christmas. What a Christmas present it was. The most anticipated fight of the year was set to take place Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva, with Silva being the challenger for the first time in seven years. This fight at the forefront and a stellar card supporting it, this was set to be one of the most memorable nights of the year.
Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier fought Diego Brandao in PPV's first fight. After a back and forth round Poirier screeched (think about it) Brandao with six seconds left in the first. This fight didn't do much for Poirier, he was expected to beat Brandao and he did, so people had called this a gimme fight for Poirier. Dennis Siver seems like a good next fight for him. Brandao fell flat. Which includes him missing weight by a massive amount on top of allegedly threating to stab Poirier; he could be looking at a lengthy suspension. He was the underdog, didn't have anything to lose, but he somehow found a way screw the pooch. Fights with either Manvel Gamburyan or Eric Koch would be interesting to see.
The second fight was the blue collar fighter Jim Miller against Fabricio Camoes. This was another fight that seemed like a gimme. JIm Miller absolutely should have walked out with the win, no one told Camoes though. The Brazilian brought the fight the Miller catching him with strong effective strikes until Miller caught him in a slick arm bar and got the win. Miller is starting to get the aura of a gatekeeper after losses to Ben Henderson, Nate Diaz, and Pat Healy, no shame in any of those losses, but it seems like he has trouble getting over the hump and in a stacked division that spells no title shot. He should fight either Edson Barboza or the winner of Rafael dos Anjos/ Rustam Khabilov. Camoes fought like his job was depending on it, and it probably was. He has won one of his past five fights, not good. Camoes v Cody Mckenzie loser leaves town.
The next fight was "The Warmaster" Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne. The Warmaster came charging at Browne early in the first, shot for a takedown, ate some elbows to the side of the head, and fell down and didn't get come back up. Browne knocked Barnett out in the exact same manner he knocked Gonzaga out. Browne is surging as a contender and is looking for a title shot. A fight with Stipe Miocic, if he beats Gonzaga, or Werdum, if he doesn't get the shot at the title. Barnett still has a million different options he could fight Bigfoot Silva, Mark Hunt, loser of Miocic/Gonzaga, maybe even the winner of Mir/Overreem.
Rhonda Rousey defeated Misha Tate in the night's co main event. Tate lasted longer than in the first fight...that's about all that can be said for Tate. Rousey worked her. Tate had success on the feet and is as tough as boot leather, but kept making the mistake of getting into grappling exchanges with Rousey and ended up going head over heels on the ground. Like her or not, Rousey keeps answering the questions. What would happen if she faces adversity? She almost had her skull cracked open by Carmouche, and still won. What will happen when she goes past the first round, will she gas? She dominates and finishes Tate well into the third round. She has lost her golden girl image though, she's the bad girl. She's the person people pay to see lose, and it seems like she has embraced that. The fight has already been anounced, Rousey V McMann. Tate can fight Carmouche or Germaine De Randamie.
Finally, Weidman v Silva 2, "the moment we've all been waiting for" and such things like that. Weidman came out with something to prove and dropped Silva in the first and finished the rest of the round on top grinding away at Siva. In the second round though, the unthinkable, Weidman checked a leg kick by Silva, and Silva broke his leg. If someone were to say there would be a way for Weidman to win this rematch and still be a way for someone to doubt him, most people would call troll, but it happened. Weidman has fought in four rounds with Anderson Silva and has won all of them beyond a shadow of doubt, but because of the way both fights were won, the haters still have fuel to cast doubt. That being said, no third fight, for the love of god no third fight. Weidman needs to move on to Vitor Belfort, where he can possibly find the creditability he rightly deserves. As for Silva, maybe he should look in to retiring, in any case he needs to let his leg heal up and look at what the best option for him is.