That Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman rematch might be happening sooner than we expected. If you ask Andy, he’d tell you he’s not interested and Chris deserves time in the spotlight to enjoy being champ. Dana White was telling the media after the event that he liked the sound of a rematch for their annual Superbowl card. And now he’s moving his dates up even more:
White today told the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire that he’s targeting UFC 168, which takes place Dec. 28 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, for the rematch of this past weekend’s UFC 162 headliner between Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed White’s intentions with a UFC official.
“@danawhite just told me he’s so amped about @SpiderAnderson @ChrisWeidmanUFC rematch, he’s thinking of moving it to Dec. 28,” Pugmire wrote on Twitter. “@danawhite said he’d shift @RondaRousey @MieshaTate bout to Super Bowl weekend, just considering it now.”
This all hinges on Anderson Silva’s willingness to participate in such a rematch, which at this point is still largely in question. But why would Dana White be bringing all this up in public if Anderson was still sticking to his long vacation / quirky fights when he feels like it plan? Perhaps he visited Brazil after his fight and noticed all the torches and pitchforks. Perhaps he realized his legacy wasn’t as secure as he thought and going out on a clowning note was actually what people were going to remember unless he did something about it.
Whatever the case, I’m down for this rematch on New Years Eve. If we aren’t going to get a real superfight, we might as well take Dana’s tacit advice that we downgrade our opinion of what constitutes a superfight and take what we can get. In which case, Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva 2 (champ gets first billing) is definitely a super fight, especially for the UFC since it will make them a super amount of money.
The only downside: Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate getting moved to February 1st. It’s only a one month delay but just underlines the fact that like superfights, supercards are hard to come by. The UFC has a lot of events that need headliners and while putting both Weidman vs Silva and Rousey vs Tate on their New Years Eve card would be a splooge of epic proportions, Pepperidge Farms remember a time when splooge cards were a fairly regular occurrence. The UFC is still looking for an event to designate their big 20th anniversary show, and NYE would be one month off from the date of UFC 1. Doing both fights on that card would be a show to rival UFC 100.