By Zach Arnold | December 28, 2013
Tibia and fibula fracture on @SpiderAnderson similar to Joe Theismann and Kevin Ware. Will need rodding surgery. 6 months to recover.
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 29, 2013
What a surreal night.
Anderson Silva met the same fate as Corey Hill, Kevin Ware, Joe Theismann, and hell, you can throw in Sid Vicious if you want. Will he come back from the horrific leg injury? I hope he does, simply because that is not the way a legend like him should have to live the rest of his life with the memory of being stretchered out of the cage.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 29, 2013
Now we get Chris Weidman vs. Anabolic Belfort and Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann. OK. That Belfort promo on the UFC FS1 post-fight telecast was a hell of a watch.
SportsCenter has given UFC168 NFL playoff-like coverage tonight. Star power of Rousey/Silva/Weidman? Impact of FS1's UFC coverage? Both?
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 29, 2013
If you thought ESPN’s troll job of Fox Sports 1 with the UFC 168 coverage was a surprise, consider the following: ESPN went right ahead with the PPV results and did a remote interview with Ronda Rousey before FS1 went to the UFC 168 post-game show. Bristol was on the ball. Dana was on the Sportscenter Twitter during the main event. On one of the biggest nights for UFC, ESPN’s skeletal crew beat Fox Sports to the punch and used Dana to do it. I don’t know what the contractual stipulations are for Fox Sports with UFC — perhaps it precludes the channel from airing anything UFC related until the PPV time frame is over, but to have ESPN rub it into FS1’s face like that was something that the Mouse was probably popping champagne corks over.
To top it all off, ESPN aired a post-fight interview with Dana White to break news about Anderson Silva having immediate surgery in an hour. That Dana interview aired long before anything from him on FS1.
Lady from Home and Garden TV asking Ronda Rousey about her favorite room in the TUF house is my favorite. And now all hell has broken loose.
— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) December 29, 2013
One thing is very clear if you follow the general sports media types — tonight’s PPV had everyone’s attention and Anderson Silva’s shattered leg elicited the same kind of response that Kevin Ware’s injury at the Final Four drew. But nobody proclaimed that they would stop covering college basketball because of it.
It was interesting seeing Ronda’s temperament in his post-fight interviews. She made it very clear, in her own words, that she likes you to boo or cheer her but ambivalence is unacceptable. And she mocked fighters who always say in post-fight interviews they’ll fight anyone the company puts in front of them next.
Travis Browne's 1law logo is a personal injury law firm. #UFC168
— Jason Cruz (@dilletaunt) December 29, 2013
As for Josh Barnett losing to Travis Browne… that saved the UFC from being nervous nellies about a potential Barnett/Cain Velasquez fight with the drug testing issues. Bring on Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum.
Watching Chris Leben demonstrate more sense than his corner or the Nevada officials by stopping his own fight with Uriah Hall was kind of a sad, yet reassuring thing to watch. If this was boxing, he’d be getting the Victor Ortiz quitter treatment. Getting concussed is no fun.
- Lightweights: Michael Johnson defeated Gleison Tibau in R2 in 92 seconds by KO.
- Middleweights: Uriah Hall defeated Chris Leben after the end of R1 due to TKO stoppage.
- Featherweights: Dustin Poirier defeated Diego Brandao in R1 in 4′54 by KO.
- Lightweights: Jim Miller defeated Fabricio Camoes in R1 in 3′42 by armbar.
- Heavyweights (winner fights Fabricio Werdum): Travis Browne defeated Josh Barnett in R1 in 60 seconds by KO.
- UFC Women’s 135 pound title match: Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate in R3 in 58 seconds by armbar.
- UFC Middleweight title match: Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva in R2 in 1′16 by TKO stoppage (broken leg).
For those wondering what happened with our server on Saturday that prevented you from reading articles and us from posting content, to make a long story short: the company hosting our server decided, apparently without notice, that today would be a great day to upgrade old equipment and migrate the site to a server with new equipment. Hence the 404 errors. Hence why we are updating a while after the PPV is over.