When Dana announced pre-UFC 162 that Anderson Silva would get an immediate rematch if Chris Weidman won, we didn’t even bother to post anything about it because that’s common sense, not news. But with Andy sounding generally disinterested in taking the UFC up on their offer, what’s next for both Silva and Weidman? A quote from the post fight press conference:
“First of all, we need to respect Chris Weidman,” Silva said during the UFC 162 postfight news conference. “He’s the champion; he won the fight. But right now I’m just thinking of going home. I want to be with my kids and take some time off.
“And maybe in three to four months I will think about what I am going to do. But right now I can’t really think about that [rematch]. I just want to take some time off and be alone to think about everything.
“There was a lot of pressure in defending this title. I’ve defended it for a long time, so I just need some time to myself.”
Translation: Don’t expect to see Silva back in the cage until 2014. But don’t think Dana White isn’t still planning that rematch out with visions of dollar signs floating around his head:
“How fast can we turn this around?” White rhetorically asked reporters Saturday night at the MGM Grand. “How about Super Bowl Saturday, in New Jersey, when Fox has the Super Bowl? Just thinking off the top of my head here.”
That’s a pretty big fight – a New York champion fighting one of the greatest in the history of the sport right next door! But if Chris Weidman wants that to happen he’s probably going to have to defend his belt once – and I know one guy who’d like to step in and make things interesting:
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