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Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Rematch at UFC 168; Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate is Co-Main

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman UFC 162 staredownThe UFC middleweight championship changed hands for the first time in seven years when Chris Weidman upset Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on July 6. The talk about the fight has not waned in the days following the fight.

While UFC president Dana White and new champion Chris Weidman both proclaimed that Anderson Silva could have an immediate rematch if he wanted it, the former champion took a step back to think about it.

The pondering was short-lived, however, as White announced on Saturday’s edition of ESPN SportsCenter that Silva has agreed to rematch Weidman at the promotion’s monster year-end event in Las Vegas, UFC 168.

Not only will Weidman vs. Silva II headline UFC 168 on Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the event’s original headliner between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will remain on the card as the 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.”

Immediately following the fight, Silva sounded as if he was almost relieved, expressing how tired he was from the weight on his shoulders, having defended the UFC middleweight championship for years.

“I finish my work. I no more fight for the belt,” Silva said while standing in the Octagon in defeat for the first time ever. “I fight for the belt for a long time. I’m tired.”

The days that followed, fans kept talking about the fight and a possible rematch. Having initially said he wanted time to think it over, Silva changed his tune rather quickly.

So what 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.”

Weidman upsetting Silva poured water on years of talk about Silva matching up with either Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre in a superfight. White said on Saturday that all the talk about the hypothetical superfights doesn’t currently matter; this rematch is the biggest fight that he could promote right now.

“This fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman will be the biggest fight in history,” he declared. “This is the biggest fight out there right now, and that’s saying a lot.”

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  • salsa

    1st or 2rd tko by the spider

    • julian moran

      1st round tko/ko.

  • tyrone

    1st rd ko via gnp. Weidman the exterminator wins again. Shuts up all the butt hurt silva fans, and leaves them lost and looking for another hero. Silva trained 4 months for 1stbout, hes probably training now and it won’t help cause he got completely dominated everywhere

    • fsunoles10

      im not even much of a silva fan but you morons claim anyone who even remotely likes someone as a fighter a fan boy and butt hurt silva fans and all this its the dumbest s***, you sound like you have no life. but the reality of it is he got caught clowning, i highly doubt he will be clowning weidman like that again and then the question shifts to can weidman hang with a motivated silva thats not clowning? i highly doubt it, i know you will come back with a predictable comment calling me a fan boy and this and that so have at it.

      • jeremy

        This will look like the leban fight.. weidman isn’t it s*** and just followed Chael.. got lucky and will get destroyed.

      • tyrone

        Why would i stoop to your level and call you a name.you know what you are and i know what i am regardless what you called me.make sure you pick you up some of that ointment, it sounds like you need it, get you some of those heavy bleeder kotex as well. Your worship of a man (silva) is just sad, no need to call you names, your pitiful enough, so sad!

        • MuayThaiFood

          Your disdain for the man is sadder yet. You and your type have been waiting since 2006 so you could crow about Anderson’s defeat. If he hadn’t got caught you might have done the same to a 44 year old Anderson Silva losing for the first time in the UFC and then claiming he sucked all along. If you’re not a Weidman “fanboy” or “nuthugger” (your words, not mine) then you are just a hater and that is the definition of pathetic. Get a life, seriously.

          • tyrone

            Your disdain for any silva opponent is a form of worship for anderson silva.i am sure you have a silva blow up doll and a poster of him over your cot.you must let go of his nuts and find some of your own. Awwwww look everyone, hes butt hurt cause i dont like silva, awwwwwww, poor poor egg roll roller.you poor creature awww so sad!

          • MuayThaiFood

            I guess that’s what I get for responding to a 12 year old boy.

    • jeremy

      That was just a really stupid post .. your dumb…

      • George Sperry

        It was dumb, but I just love it when someone calls someone else dumb when they can’t tell the difference between your and you’re.

      • tyrone

        Your or you’re? Lol.you proved your stupidity in one sentence.

  • Joe H

    WeidmAns a beast and I’m tired of the silva fans and there excuses its a joke. Weidman just showed us why silva didn’t want to fight him in the first place

    • MMAMA

      Silva didn’t want to fight him..? Where are you getting this information from? From everywhere I’ve heard, Silva didn’t care who he fought, he just didn’t want to fight someone who he’d already beaten… which left Weidman, and he took the fight.

      So, yeah… how do you know Silva didn’t want to fight him, and I assume, had to be pressured into fighting him? I’d like to know where you’re getting your inside information from. Thanks.

    • fsunoles10

      what excuses are you talking about? i actually put cash down on silva and was happy to see him ko’ed with all the clowning he was doing, but thats just it he got caught clowning. i doubt silva will be clowning this next fight and we will see if weidman can really hang with silvas standup. weidman got 1 takedown and got stuffed the next and silva started acting like an idiot, the big mo was shifting when silva stuffed that take down but he handed it right back to weidman by acting like an ass and getting caught. weidmans good and im not a huge silva fan by no means but i will give weidman all the props in the world if he can do it to silva again when he isnt clowning.

    • MANNY

      Thank you.everyone seems to have forgotten that silva ducked weidman for over a year. After weidman beat munoz, he became number one contender and silva wouldn’t acknowledge it,making excuse after excuse. One of which, “the kid, don’t have that many fights, i want tougher fights “,lol.silva basically forced into this fight because weidman was his mandatory. If weidman hadn’t just had surgery, silva wouldn’t have fought him at all. Silva tried his best, even went so far as to try and cripple weidman by kicking at his kneecap hard.hopefully weidman loses all respect for silva and then it will be complete destruction. Regardless, weidman will win rematch. The american has the belt and i love it.

      • Baller31

        When Silva was first offered the Weidman fight, his manager Ed Soares said he was not interested. I don’t know that he was ducking Weidman, but he was not interested in fighting him until Dana White made the decision for him.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Right, just like Siva didn’t want the rematch. Try again.

  • Andy A Karim

    I’m pretty sure Silva said I NO MORE FIGHT FOR THE BELT and not I KNOW MORE FIGHT FOR THE BELT … anyway … I’m backing Weidman again for the win … Dude is a beast …

  • Chicago

    scratching my head wondering why “silva’s daddy” hasn’t left a comment yet!……

    • james velasquez

      he maybe changed his name, and if he did i think we can all recognize his comments, right? lol

      • silvas daddy

        I remember you riding silva like a dog in heat before fight. I also remember people asking me if i was going to change my name when silva won. Lol. Guess what? Weidman won!!! So no, i wont change my name. You sir, define “nuthugger “,come up for air, it must stink down there, especially after nuthugging a loser

        • Silvas daddy’s Daddy

          dude i hope Weidman is paying you a good chunk out of his purse for your services, Or do you suck nuts for cheap or even free.

          • james velasquez

            lool, i think he does that for free

          • silvas daddy’s Daddy

            Damn that sucks.

    • silvas daddy

      Thank you for being an avid follower, but you may want to wash scalp if you have an itch.

      • Manuel Lopez

        Lol

    • RNChoke

      He did, it amazes me no one seems to realize Silva’s daddy and Tyrone are the same guy. They say the exact same thing in posts, same wording all the time…they aren’t trying hard at all to cover it up.

  • daniel

    And the new champion of the world Anderson the spider Silva!

    • james velasquez

      no,no – and nooow once again the new UFC middleweight champion off the world Anderson “the Spideeeer” Silvaaaa. Bruce Buffers words exatcly lol

  • nada thiwe

    Why do all Weidman fans sound so dumb?

  • dgs

    If Silva’s head and heart are back for the rematch (meaning, if he fights the way he did when he was first brought into the UFC), then Weidman will be a very short lived champion.

    I have a feeling this rematch will look a lot like Velasquez vs Dos Santos 2. Cain was clearly the more skilled fighter even in the first fight, but it didn’t seem like he was there mentally and he paid the price. The fight game is 50% mental. But we all know the total domination in the rematch, and I predict Silva will dominate the same way in his rematch (if his head is on straight).

    • Baller31

      I actually think the opposite was true…in the rematch between Cain and dos santos, JDS was going thru a divorce and was clearly unfocused. I think a focused JDS destroys Cain every time .
      I also think that whole silva clowned around a lot, people need to remember that Weidman was coming off of major surgery and a long layoff, and will be even better next time

  • juniorbra

    It should be a different fight this time, I want Anderson to win, just to see Vitor KO him with a head kick first round……lol

    • Jonasjpa

      Must be Brazilian, who else would even mention Belfort? That Guy is nothing but a f****** double-faced.

      Belfort wanna a TS? First off he gotta stop doing TRT, otherwise he won’t be allowed to fight in Vegas. Have you forgotten he tested positive for steroids? Nevada Commission would never allow him to fight as long as he keeps doing TRT.

  • Baller31

    Weidman ends the silva hype train in this one

    • jeremy

      His record is no hype idiot..

      • Baller31

        No dumbass but all his little followers who think he’s indestructible just got proved wrong…and still refuse to admit it. So yeah, that’s hype.

        • MuayThaiFood

          No man is indestructible and the only dumbasses are the ones who don’t appreciate watching Anderson Silva display his skills when he is on. You don’t have to like the guy personally to do that btw.

          • Baller31

            I don’t dislike Silva at all, he’s one of my favorite fighters and i think he’s probably the best ever. I just hate the Silva fanboys who dissed Weidman and all of his accomplishments before the fight, talked about how he would get smashed, and then made excuses afterwards. If you listen to Silva’s answers, translated, in the post fight conference, he explains what he was doing, and how he got caught. It was no fluke. Just like Weidman’s 9 wins before that weren’t a fluke. I think the dumbasses are the people still disrespecting Weidman.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Agreed, nobody should be disrespecting Weidman. Silva doesn’t, I guarantee you that. The rematch will hopefully answer any questions left from the first fight. Saying 16 straight wins is hype is just ridiculous though. Will the first time Chris W. loses be an end to his hype? He will lose before his career is over you know. Come on, come up with something better than that.

          • Baller31

            The hype was all the people who said he couldn’t be beaten…,and there were a lot of them. They’re the same ones who think silva threw the fight.

  • james velasquez

    Two great rematches at the end of the year. How good is this? Hope for some more interesting match-ups in this card. Cant wait!!!

  • TheWorldsGreatest

    I’m a Silva fan, but I did not like what he was doing in the 1st fight. the ropa dope and such only looks good if your ducking and making the guys miss and look slow, but then punching him at will…. it was truely classless IMO, and Silva deserved to lose. As for Weidman, I didn’t know much about him before the fight, and I still don’t know much about him. He just haven’t had to fight his way thru the best to make me think yes hes the man. Munoz is his highest ranked fight before now. NO fight with Belfort, Bisping and others. Perhaps Weidman is the man and all some think he is, he just haven’t shown it to me yet. Weidman/Silva 2 should tell the tale

  • South.NZ.MMA

    Should be an awesome match much much better than the last..both fighters have had a taste of each others ground game and striking game.. Anderson will not be as careless this time, Chris will have evolved, both fighter motivated, Anderson redemption, Chris validation.

  • South.NZ.MMA

    A loss can either make you or break you. A loss can make you reach the next level of self improvement, mentally, spiritually, physically.

    • Baller31

      Good point, and getting ko’d can even change a fighter’s whole style and make them tentative as it did to GSP. It will be interesting to see how silva responds to getting ko’d

  • ASKDJ

    Anderson was fooling around and he got taken out it was in easy fight for weidman the spider had his hands down the entire 2nd round lol. I wish Anderson took the fight seriously, hopefully he dosent f*** around in the rematch

  • Avery

    You have to admit we all thought silva was a bad ass right up to the moment he got knocked