UFC 168 Card Filling Fast with Poirier vs. Brandao, Leben vs. Hall, and Tibau vs. Johnson

September 19, 2013
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UFC 168The UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva fight card continues to fill up with three new bouts announced by UFC officials on Thursday morning.

Featherweights Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao will square off, Chris Leben and Uriah Hall meet in a middleweight bout, and Gleison Tibau will fight Michael Johnson at lightweight.

Poirier (14-3) enters the fight with Brandao having won a pivotal 145-pound bout against Erik Koch at UFC 164 last month. Brandao (18-8) is trying to keep his momentum building as well, having won his three most recent fights, including a victory over Daniel Pineda at UFC Fight Night 26 in August.

Leben and Hall could both be fighting for their very UFC survival. Leben (22-10) is a guy that UFC president Dana White has said he doesn’t even want to contemplate releasing, but Leben has lost three consecutive bouts and four of his last five. Hall (7-4), on the other hand, has received heavy criticism from White for not fulfilling the potential he displayed on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Tibau (28-9) has strung together back-to-back victories over John Cholish and Jamie Varner heading into UFC 168. Johnson (13-8), a runner-up on TUF 12, recently ended a two-fight skid with a three-round domination of Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 26.

UFC 168 is the promotion’s year-end extravaganza. The card is headlined by a middleweight rematch between current champion Chris Weidman and challenger Anderson Silva with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey rematching fellow TUF coach Miesha Tate in the co-main event.

UFC 168 takes place on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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  • shakejunt

    really liking leben vs uriah, good opportunity for him to get that w and a name under his belt.

    • bajafox

      Leben won’t let Hall think he’s sparring, could be a reality check for Hall

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Leben needs this win. Hall is younger and has a whole career ahead of him if he can get himself together. He might not be a fighter like Dana said so we’ll see how this one plays out. But your right Leben will be looking to take his head off, he’s lucky to still be part of the UFC. I see him being very hungry and motivated. He’s always had that aggression to him but has had ups and downs like everyone else.

  • yourmoms

    hope leben knocks halls egotistical ass the f*** back to NY

    • uncle

      The loser should get cut

  • solo

    Dana likes Leben, and thats the only reason he still has a job imo. And Hall was nothing but a dissapointment when he left the house. im not routing for anyone in this one, just hoping it can be a great standup war.

  • Milosc

    This is great matchmaking by Joe Silva (because it’s perfect for whoever wins.. and fitting for whoever loses)

    Recent losses or not, Leben has a ‘name’– just what Hall needs to get his career back in good graces with the 18-35 demographic, who know [and often cheer for] him. Hall, though stumbling somewhat, is still respected as a highly talented young prospect– just what Chis needs to stay relevant/revitalize his career