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Friday, December 27, 2013
Chris Weidman set for defense

By Brett Okamoto

LAS VEGAS -- One of the first thoughts that went through Chris Weidman's head after he knocked out Anderson Silva in July was, "We have to do this again."

Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva
Chris Weidman is set to defend his title against Anderson Silva after both made weight Friday.

Weidman (10-0) will get his wish Saturday as he looks to defend the UFC middleweight title for the first time at UFC 168 against Silva (33-5). Each fighter came in at the 185-pound limit during Friday's official weigh-in.

"I think he's the best guy in the weight class for me to beat," Weidman told "He's the greatest of all time. He's a guy most people think I can't beat, and that gives me a drive. That's what I want."

At UFC 162, Weidman became the first fighter in UFC history to defeat Silva, snapping a record 16-fight win streak by the Brazilian. Despite that result, Weidman enters the rematch a slight underdog to the former champion.

All 22 fighters scheduled to compete at UFC 168 made weight Friday, with the exception of featherweight Diego Brandao. Brandao (18-8) initially came in at 153 pounds. He eventually cut to 151.5 pounds.

In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will seek her second title defense against a familiar foe in Miesha Tate. The two fought in March 2012 for Tate's Strikeforce title. Rousey (7-0) won via first-round armbar.

Rousey and Tate (13-4) each tipped the scale at the 135-pound title fight limit.