Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva Official for UFC 173

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman

  • 11-0 MMA / 7-0 UFC Record
  • 11 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Anderson Silva (x2), Demian Maia, Mark Munoz

Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort

  • 24-10 MMA / 13-6 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin

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Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen

  • 28-14-1 MMA / 7-7 UFC Record
  • Lost 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Yushin Okami, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Michael Bisping

Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva

  • 35-12-1 MMA / 5-6 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Quinton Jackson (x2), Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping

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UFC 173

May 25th, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Chris Weidman defended his title for the first time at UFC 168, but not likely in the way he had planned. Anderson Silva threw a leg kick that was checked by Weidman, breaking his leg in two, instantly stopping the fight and awarding Weidman the TKO victory. He’s now a perfect 11-0 in his career, including three straight knockout victories.

Vitor Belfort earned himself another shot at the UFC middleweight title, when he knocked out Dan Henderson in the first round with a head kick at UFC Fight Night 32. Since his lost to Jon Jones in September 0f 2012, Belfort has had three consecutive knockout victories against Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Henderson.

With a first round TKO loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 167, Chael Sonnen has now lost three out his last four fights. Following two failed attempts at the middleweight and light heavyweight titles, Sonnen defeated Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in the first round by submission at UFC Fight Night 26.

Wanderlei Silva has been inactive for over a year, last time out defeating Brian Stann by second round knockout in March of last year. He’s won two of his last three fights, also earning a TKO victory over Cung Le, but losing a decision to Rich Franklin at UFC 147.

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