Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch confirmed for UFC 168; Rousey vs. Tate is Co-Main Event!
Before Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman stepped in the Octagon on July 6th at UFC 162 the UFC President Dana White said that if Anderson lost there would be an immediate rematch.
Chris Weidman did defeat Silva but until today we were still unsure if the rematch would go down. Silva said he did not want a rematch when asked on the night of his defeat. Dana White and Chris Weidman however, felt that there would be a rematch for sure.
Dana White announced on Saturday’s edition of ESPN SportsCenter that Silva has agreed to rematch Weidman at the promotion’s huge year-end event in Las Vegas at UFC 168.
Not only will we see Weidman vs. Silva II headline UFC 168 on Dec. 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but also we will see the original headliner between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate moved to co-main event.
“Ever since the fight got over, I don’t know if there’s ever been any more hype in UFC history after a fight,” said White when announcing the fight. “Everybody’s been wondering if there’s going to be a rematch. I’ve been working on it since Thursday.
“Dec. 28 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Anderson Silva will fight Chris Weidman in the rematch. Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate will be the co-main event.”
It was looking like this fight might not happen, but now it will and we wonder what has changed?
“What changed is, when Anderson Silva talked after the fight, the guy forgot what it felt like to lose,” explained White. “He’d never lost ever in the UFC; broke every record we ever had.
“I’ve been talking to him for two days. Both guys signed their bout agreement. Anderson Silva is motivated, fired up, and wants his belt back.”
Silva certainly seemed to agree, providing SportsCenter with a pre-recorded statement that they aired following White’s announcement.
“My fans in UFC and the world and United States I go back to fight Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman,” Silva stated. “I back, trust me, I back.”