The UFC will end 2013 with a bang after officially announcing the rematch between middleweight champion Chris Weidman (10-0) and Anderson Silva (33-5) would indeed unfold on New Year’s Eve Weekend as expected. However, to the delight of fans, the original main event featuring Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate will simply be re-branded as the co-headliner, making UFC 168 one of the biggest cards of the year if not #1 altogether.
Rousey, the organization’s bantamweight queen, just wrapped taping on TUF 18 where she coached against Tate. The two squared off in Strikeforce with Rousey earning an Armbar win in the affair’s opening round. She has scored submissions in both of her fights since the bout, improving her overall record to 7-0 including a historic finish of Liz Carmouche in the UFC’s first fight featuring females.
Tate is 13-4 with past wins over Marloes Coenen, Zoila Gurgel, and Julie Kedzie. Nine of her wins have featured some form of stoppage.
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