White: Vitor has to wait, Silva getting rematch
Ray Longo is now the architect of arguably the two biggest upsets in MMA history – Matt Serra over GSP, and now Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva. In UFC title bouts, the challenger agrees to an immediate rematch in the event of a win, and in the first case, GSP came back and reclaimed his belt.
What happens in the rematch will be hotly debated, but UFC president Dana White summed up the future in a single word – ‘rematch’.
Silva himself did not appear focused on a rematch in post fight interviews.
“I’m thinking of going home, and then thinking of what I’m going to do after that in three or four months,” said Silva. “There’s a lot of pressure in defending the title. I want to take some time.”
However, White says it is just a matter of time.
“I guarantee you there’s nothing more he wants than that rematch with Chris Weidman,” said White after the fight.
“Anderson Silva needs to go home, hang out with his family, take a week or two to shake this thing off. There are times when guys will win a fight, and they don’t want to talk for three weeks. It’s really part of the process, it really is, and especially a big night like tonight. And when you lose the way that he lost, there’s a process for this.”
“I’ve never had a problem getting Anderson to fight, he’s never turned down a fight or said, ‘I don’t want this guy. He’s been a great champion and a man of his word.”
“Anderson plays a lot of things off publicly. The guy went on this win streak because he’s an amazing competitor and is an amazing talent. He’s going to want to redeem himself.”
White said the Superfights are off the table.
“That fight cost GSP, Jon Jones and Anderson a lot of money,” said White. “In those super-fights, Anderson was the link to both of them. Now, there you go…”
Also off the table is a fight with Mark Munoz, or one now loudly campaigned for by Vitor Belfort.
“Anderson Silva has gone undefeated since 2006 and has beat everybody and held the title,” said White said. “He deserves the rematch. Chris Weidman said that before he even fought him. Vitor is just going to have to wait.
“He’s not getting the rematch. He can text. He can tweet. He can write f—ing letters. He can call his congressman. He can do whatever he wants to do. He’s going to have to wait. Anderson Silva is getting the rematch.”
The last piece in the puzzle, Chris Weidman, is game for all comers, especially Anderson Silva.
“Whoever the UFC wants me in there with, 100-percent,” said Weidman. “I’m holding onto this belt for as long as I possibly can. I don’t care who they bring up to fight me.
“I’d rather have a rematch with Anderson Silva. That’s the first thing I said to Anderson right after the fight. I said, ‘Let’s rematch. You got cocky and put your hands down. Let’s do this again.’”