The champ is the decided favorite, but there’s always the chance that Weidman could pull off the upset. In fact, many of Silva and Weidman’s compatriots are picking the undefeated youngster to do just that.
UFC president Dana White said on Monday that if Weidman were successful Silva would get an immediate rematch.
“I’d do the rematch the next fight,” White told MMAjunkie.com during a media luncheon. “Guy hasn’t lost in the UFC ever, has beat everybody. He loses that fight, he’s the guy for a rematch if he wants it.”
Silva has won 16 consecutive fights in the Octagon, making his debut for the UFC in 2006, and winning the middleweight championship in only his second fight for the promotion. He’s ruled the 185-pound division ever since, showing no signs of weakness.
There are also plans afoot if Silva does as expected and successfully defends his belt. White said that an oft-talked-about-but-yet-to-materialize super fight with either Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre is a distinct possibility.
Although both Silva and St-Pierre have shied away from super fight talk lately, White said that Silva could still be paired with either GSP or Jones.
“He didn’t sign a 10-fight deal to not take big fights. He cares about legacy,” said White, according to a tweet from ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto.
Either St-Pierre or Jones would make for a legacy-cementing bout for Silva. Of course, it would be some time in the making. Even if Silva wins on Saturday, St-Pierre is fighting Johny Hendricks in November, while Jones has a fight lined up with Alexander Gustafsson in September.
Timing wouldn’t be the only issue. Regardless of the pairing, the weight the fighters would meet at would be another sticking point. And at the end of the day, money is also an issue.
First, of course, is the matter of Saturday’s bout between Silva and Weidman.