The UFC will close out 2013 with UFC 168 and 2 more bouts have been announced with a Featherweight contest pitting TUF 14 winner Diego Brandoa (18- 8) against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (14-3) and fireworks are expected when Middleweights Chris “The Crippler Leben (22-10) and Uriha Hall (7-4) clash.
Jackson’s/Winkeljohn’s fighter Brandao has won 3 fights in a row defeating Joey Gambino (UD), Pablo Garza (SUB), and Daniel Pineda (UD).
American Top Teams Poirier has alternated win and losses in his last 4 contests being submitted by Chan Sung Jung, submitting Jonathon Brookins, losing the score cards against Cub Swanson, and is now coming off a unanimous decision win over Erik Koch at UFC 164.
Leben a alum of the 1st season of TUF since the biggest win of his career at UFC 132 knocking out Wanderlie Silva, has lost 3 fights in a row and been suspended for a failed drug test. The 3 losses have come to Mark Munoz (KO), Derek Brunson (UD), and Andrew Criag (UD).
Hall a finalist of the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter lost the finals by split decision to Kelvin Gastulem. Hall would again be on the losing side of a split decision at UFC Fight Night 26, falling to John Howard.
UFC 168 takes placxe on Decmeber 28th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will feature two title fights with Meisha Tate challenging Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s Bantamweight title and Anderson “The Spider” Silva challenges “All American” Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight title.