Time for a trip through the time machine.
Let’s go back almost seven years to Dec. 28, 2013, the day of UFC 168.
First, though, as a refresher course, here’s just some of what was popular at the time of this event.
No. 1 song on this date, according to Billboard streaming audio data: Wrecking Ball, Miley Cyrus [fourth consecutive week at No. 1, dating back to Dec. 7, sixth week at No. 1 overall]
No. 1 TV comedy series during this broadcast season, according to TV Guide: The Big Bang Theory [23.1 million viewers a week]
No. 1 TV drama series during this broadcast season, according to TV Guide: NCIS [22.4 million viewers a week, No. 2 in the Top 50 across all of television, according to TV Guide]
2013 Best Picture at Academy Awards: Argo [ceremony for motion picture achievement in 2012, presented on Feb. 24, 2013]
UFC champions competing at UFC 168: Ronda Rousey, [Women’s Bantamweight] Chris Weidman, [Middleweight]
Three days after Christmas in 2013, the same day that UFC Fight Pass was officially launched in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena was the setting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s last show of the calendar year, UFC 168.
Notables: All five main card fights ended via stoppage. Counting undercard fights, only three contests during UFC 168 went to a judge’s decision, although an FS1 prelim between Dennis Siver and Manvel Gamburyan was later reversed to a no-contest after Siver failed a drug test following the show and was also suspended.
As previously mentioned, UFC 168 saw two then-incumbent champions put their respective belts at risk to headline the card.
Ronda Rousey, then the UFC Women’s Bantamweight titleholder, defeated Miesha Tate in the co-main event by third-round armbar submission.
Notable: This was Ronda Rousey’s longest MMA fight of her career as a competitor.
In the main event of UFC 168 that winter night, Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva by second-round TKO after the latter sustained a broken left leg upon delivering a kick to Weidman.
Notable: Silva would go into surgery immediately following the event for his left leg. He would return in January of 2015 vs. Nick Diaz in UFC 183’s main event, a non-title fight, scoring a unanimous decision victory.
The win would later be reversed to a no-contest upon Silva’s failed post-fight drug test.
Be sure to join us this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on our Twitter, @Armchair_MMA, for our UFC 168 watch-along.
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