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  • Fans cheer at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Counting down the top 10 UFC fights of 2013
    Dec. 31, 2013
    Getting a handful of fights worthy of the highest recognition is an issue in most calendar years. Narrowing it down was the problem in 2013. After 2012 seemed to feature more big fights getting canceled than actually taking place, the UFC received the infusion of good luck it needed for the last 12 months.
  • Anderson Silva screams in pain after breaking his leg during the second round of his middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
    Anderson Silva's doctor details surgery and recovery to mend badly broken leg
    Dec. 30, 2013
    The sight of Anderson Silva’s left leg suffering a vicious break at the conclusion of UFC 168 Saturday night caused most viewers to squirm, gasp or cover their eyes. Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s longtime orthopedic surgeon, had a different reaction while sitting cageside at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
  • Anderson Silva is wheeled out on a stretcher after breaking his leg during the second round of his middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
    Chris Weidman: Injury inflicted upon Anderson Silva at UFC 168 was no fluke
    Dec. 29, 2013
    For a technique so devastating it could shatter someone’s shin, Ray Longo needed a sinister moniker. Longo, Chris Weidman’s striking coach, went with “The Destruction” for the move where a fighter crashes his knee into an opponent’s leg kick.
  • Ronda Rousey makes her entrance to defend her bantamweight title against Miesha Tate at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Rousey retains belt, draws ire from fans
    Dec. 29, 2013
    The boos of 15,620 fans rained down on Ronda Rousey as she walked down the aisle to the fitting song, “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett. Rousey had no issue with the people vocalizing their dislike of her, and it just confirmed that she was every bit the villain in her UFC 168 fight against her rival, Miesha Tate.
  • Anderson Silva screams in pain after breaking his leg during the second round of his middleweight title fight against champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 168 blog: Chris Weidman wipes out Anderson Silva with horrific injury TKO
    Dec. 28, 2013
    Paramedics rolled the greatest mixed martial artist of all time out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena on a stretcher at the conclusion of UFC 168.
  • Chris Weidman steps on the scale during the weigh in for UFC 168 Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    UFC 168 weigh-in: MGM inundated with energy for two championship fights
    Dec. 27, 2013
    The challengers entered from stage left, the champions from stage right. The UFC usually lines up all of its fighters in the same place before they walk out for the weigh-in. The UFC 168 weigh-in broke tradition, with Miesha Tate and Anderson Silva coming out from behind the curtain on the opposite side of opponents Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman.
  • UFC president Dana White laughs as Anderson Silva makes a joke about their relationship during a press conference for the upcoming UFC168 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino with commentary from the top fighters on the card Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
    Anderson Silva displays new mindset before second fight with Chris Weidman
    Dec. 27, 2013
    For the first few days after losing his middleweight championship belt, Anderson Silva wallowed in the uncertainty of his future. He spent much of the beginning of July’s second week alone after getting knocked out by Chris Weidman at UFC 162. The 38-year-old contemplated retirement, internally debating whether it was time to leave behind his storied career.
  • Fighter Chris Weidman offers his belt to opponent Anderson Silva following the press conference for the upcoming UFC 168 at the MGM Grand, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
    UFC 168 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Dec. 26, 2013
    The narrative that Anderson Silva got unlucky the first time around against Chris Weidman extends to the betting market. Going into the rematch, Silva is again established as the favorite in sports books with only a slight adjustment considering his knockout loss five months ago.
  • Miesha Tate has her boxing glove tied on before a light training session at the UFC Gym Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
    Miesha Tate found harbor in Las Vegas to prepare for Ronda Rousey rematch
    Dec. 25, 2013
    Ronda Rousey flew 6,500 miles away from Las Vegas after concluding her coaching duties on the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Opponent Miesha Tate drove down the street. Tate decided staying put gave her the best chance to defeat Rousey for the women’s bantamweight championship Saturday.
  • Demetrious Johnson, center, is pulled away from Joseph Benavidez after knocking Benavidez out in the first round of a UFC flyweight mixed martial arts title fight in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
    UFC on Fox 9: 'Mighty Mouse' mashes Joseph Benavidez
    Dec. 14, 2013
    Standing in the center of the octagon moments after the shocking conclusion of UFC on Fox 9, Demetrious Johnson experienced a thought shooting through his brain. Given what had just taken place, it was one he had to vocalize.
  • Michael McDonald celebrates a win against Brad Pickett after their UFC on Fox Sports 1 mixed martial arts bout in Boston, Saturday, August 17,2013. McDonald won via second round submission.
    Faber vs. McDonald a can't-miss attraction at UFC on Fox 9
    Dec. 13, 2013
    Leading up to the penultimate fight card of the year at UFC on Fox 9 , the focus seems squarely on two things — the bickering between featherweights Chad Mendes and Nik Lentz and the rematch intricacies of the flyweight championship main event. But don’t sleep on Faber vs. McDonald.
  • Georges St. Pierre enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his title fight against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. St. Pierre won with a controversial split decision.
    Georges St. Pierre leaving UFC for the time being, vacating title
    Dec. 13, 2013
    Georges St. Pierre stood his ground. Dana White came around. The two were more harmonious on a conference call Friday, as St. Pierre reiterated plans for an indefinite hiatus but with White’s blessing.
  • Urijah Faber, third from left, and members of Team Alpha Male pose at Heraea in the Palms in this file photo.
    UFC on Fox 9 breakdown, betting odds and picks
    Dec. 12, 2013
    Fans are labeling UFC on Fox 9 the Team Alpha Male card. The Urijah Faber-led fight team has a member in each of the three headlining bouts — Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes and Faber himself — at Saturday night’s event held down the street from their home gym in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Mike Pyle
    Mike Pyle to feel at home in UFC 170 bout in Las Vegas
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Local welterweight Mike Pyle will have a chance to bounce back from his first loss in two years at home.
  • Antonio Silva of Brazil is treated after his fight against Cain Velasquez of San Jose, Calif. during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, May 26, 2012 in this file photo.
    Hunt, Silva staged heavyweight spectacle at UFC Fight Night 33
    Dec. 6, 2013
    Barrels of spilled blood splotched Mark Hunt’s hair, smeared Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva’s skin and stained the octagon canvas. The grim remains gave an inkling of the battle that played out Friday night at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia, but just to a limit.
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