The MMA world is awaiting this Saturday’s “UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva II” with bated breath, as the two fighters will meet again for the middleweight championship at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Weidman’s current six-fight UFC winning streak makes him tied with Francis Carmont for the longest in the middleweight division’s history, and the champion is one of two fighters in his division with an undefeated MMA record. His 66.7 percent takedown accuracy is tied for the fourth best in UFC history.

Silva’s resume is equally impressive – his 13 UFC middleweight victories makes him tied with Yushin Okami for the most in history, and he holds the record for most knockout or submission victories (14) and most knockout victories (11) out of any fighter in UFC history.

Analysts are understandably torn over whether or not Silva will claim his UFC title back, so MMAFighting.com asked some of the biggest names in MMA for their opinions on the UFC 168 main event. Check out their extremely mixed reactions below: [click to continue…]

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Anderson Silva finally made his attempt to regain the UFC middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in Las Vegas last Saturday, but a kick to the reigning champion’s left shin resulted in Silva fracturing his tibia and fibula early in the second round and losing the match by technical knockout.

Silva was the heavy favorite going into the fight, as he holds the UFC record for consecutive wins with 16, and after winning the UFC middleweight championship in October 2006, went on to defend it a record 10 consecutive times. However, Weidman dominated the 38-year-old legend in the fight’s first fifteen minutes, landing a series of elbows from the top but just proving unable to finish Silva. Then one minute into the second round of the five-round title fight, Weidman checked his opponent’s kick, causing Silva to collapse in pain and eventually leave the cage on a stretcher.

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The Brazilian was soon rushed to a local hospital, where UFC’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Sanders operated on him for “about an hour,” inserting a titanium rod into his broken tibia.

“As many people have seen, you can see the dramatic way in which there was an abnormal bend in the leg where it’s not supposed to bend,” said Sanders, who spoke to the press via conference call Monday. “An injury like that can go to where the skin breaks, and then you have this exposed bone in the environment of the Octagon. His risk for infection goes up meteoric. It could have twisted in such a direction that lacerated an artery to the foot, and he could have needed a vascular reconstruction procedure.

“Injuries like this can, at times, even be limb threatening.”

According to Sanders, Silva asked his prior to operation, “when can I train?” Sanders gave Silva a recovery timetable of three to six months, and said he could resume training in six to nine months.

“When the fracture heals, the bone will achieve its original strength. In addition, it will also have a titanium rod that is 11.5 millimeters in diameter shoring up that area. Whether a fighter returns after injury can be multifactorial, but from a bone perspective, when the fracture heals, you can start to test the soft tissue.”

 

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Brazilian MMA organization Shooto Brazil might make MMA history later this week, as they announced on Tuesday their intention to host the first-ever man vs. woman MMA fight since the sport adopted the Unified Rules on Friday.

Two relatively inexperienced bantamweight fighters, Emerson Falcao and Juliana Velasquezwill face off at Rio de Janeiro’s Shooto 45 in a three-round fight. This will be Falcao’s second professional fight since his MMA debut, a first-round loss to Benny Blackat. It will be Velasquez’s first professional MMA fight.

Many are still questioning whether or not the bout will actually take place, because while Shooto President Andre Pederneiras hasn’t outlined any specifics regarding special rules.

“We guarantee that everything will be done within the law and safely,” he stated on Brazilian site Combate.com.

Velasquez, who stand a mere inch shorter than her male opponent, confidently told MMAFighting.com:

“My team believes I’m ready, so I accepted the challenge. My expectations are the best. I’m well trained to get there and win. I’m used to training with man [sic] every day. I’m a professional judoka and I know the adrenaline of the competition, I know how to handle this.”

Falcao, however, has yet to show any signs that he’s ready for the fight – in fact, he posted to Facebook on Dec. 3 that is injured, and sources have said he’ll be unable to fight again until next year. Pederneiras, however, is saying that Falcao will be ready for Friday’s match.

Word is also still out over whether the fight will be officially sanctioned.

“There’s nothing in the rules that specific [sic] prohibits a man to fight a woman, but when you interpret the rules you know that both athletes must be in the same level, so there’s no way a man should be allowed to fight a woman,” Osiris Maia, a member of the Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Confederation, explained MMAFighting.com. “If you ask me if we’re allowing it to happen, I don’t think so. I think it’s a disparity. We’ll see what’s going on tomorrow at the weigh-ins.”

Do you think the fight will take place on Friday? And do you even think it should be allowed to take place?

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