Weidman vs. Silva rematch set for UFC 168
It may be the biggest PPV in the history of the UFC and today UFC President Dana White made it official: Chris Weidman will rematch Anderson Silva, December 28th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
Weidman shocked the world last weekend when he knocked out the long-time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva had previously held the title for the last seven years and was undefeated in the UFC in sixteen consecutive fights.
“Ever since the fight got over, I don’t know if there’s ever been any more hype, ever, in UFC history after a fight,” White said on “SportsCenter.” “Everybody has been wondering if there will be a rematch. I’ve been working on it since Thursday.
“Anderson Silva is motivated, fired up and wants the belt back,” White said. “I expect a totally different fight. I don’t think he is going to come out and taunt [Weidman].
“He went out and played. It’s not the first time he’s done this. He’s done it before and he got away with it. Chris Weidman didn’t allow it. Chris Weidman kept his composure when [Silva] was messing around with him and Weidman went right after him and ended up knocking him out.”
In his post-fight interview, Silva announced that he was uninterested in a rematch, or fighting for a title again, but reports began to surface in Brazil that he had already changed his mind. Weidman has more than once stated that he would grant Silva a rematch and that was what he mosted wanted so he could prove the first win wasn’t a fluke.
The rematch will serve as the main event UFC 168 and the women’s title fight between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey will be the co-main event.