UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman Officially Announced for July 6 in Las Vegas

May 2, 2013
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image002The Ultimate Fighting Championship is once again taking over Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas. The organization formally announced today that UFCmiddleweight champion and undisputed pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon on Saturday, July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to face undefeated No. 1 contender Chris Weidman. That’s not all: this week in July also marks the return of the UFC Fan Expo, as well as Fight Week, a series of fan events, concerts, and appearances featuring your favorite UFC fighters and personalities.

“The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, defends the middleweight title for a record 11th time on July 6 when he takes on unbeaten Chris Weidman,” UFC President Dana White said. “Weidman is 9-0 in his pro career and has incredible wrestling and power. He said he will shock the world at UFC 162 and end Anderson’s reign atop the middleweight division. With UFC 162, the UFC Fan Expo and Fight Week, this is going to be an amazing week for fight fans. You have to be in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend!”

In addition to the Silva-Weidman showdown, Frankie Edgar (15-4-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.), a former lightweight champion and currently the third-ranked featherweight in the world, battles Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (16-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil), while former Strikeforce middleweights make their UFC debuts as Tim Kennedy (15-4, fighting out of Austin, Texas) takes on Rio de Janeiro’s Roger Gracie (6-1).

In addition, fourth-ranked “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung (13-3, fighting out of Po-Hang, South Korea) returns from a yearlong layoff due to injury to meet second-ranked Ricardo Lamas (13-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) in a fight that could determine the next challenger for the featherweight title, while fifth-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson (19-5, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) faces Germany’s sixth-ranked Dennis Siver (21-8).

Other bouts for UFC 162 include:

Tickets for UFC162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN, presented by BUD LIGHT, go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. PT.  Tickets will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, May 9 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter throughUFC.com.

UFC162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET on July 6.

  • I’m very excited for Tim kennedy’s arrival in the UFC. This card is pretty stacked. I don’t know how Dave Herman is still in the UFC though. Losing fights, testing positive for marijuana. Nothing against him personally, I just don’t get it. And I was hoping Mike Pierce would be fighting Thiago Alves in his return (August I believe)

    • BobLemons

      This fight ends Herman’s run in the UFC.

      • I think this is a must win for both guys. I can see Shane being released if he losses as well. Should be a decent fight though.

  • Madmmax

    Good card. Weidman is younger better version of Sonnen but with knockout power. Will give Anderson all he could handle. Hard to bet against Silva though

    • Sir_Roy

      While I agree with the striking bit and KO power, do you really see Weidman’s MMA wrestling as being as dangerous and effective as Sonnen’s?

      • Madmmax

        If it was just wrestling, no. But, I think he’ll mix it up more, which would make his wrestling more effective than Sonnen’s.

  • Sir_Roy

    I just can’t bet against Silva. Weidman’s a dangerous fight for Anderson, he has the tools needed I’ll readily admit, but Silva will probably sub him if taken down and held there for any length of time or KO / TKO him if Weidman’s silly enough to entertain a stand-up battle. Weidman’s young yet in his career and, while a definite up and comer with enormous potential, he hasn’t shown enough to warrant saying otherwise. He may surprise, but I wouldn’t bet the farm.

  • kbroesq

    This card…rocks. Love Zombie v. Lamas. Swanson v. Siver is great too. Siver has looked unstoppable lately, but Swanson has looked more unstoppable and for longer. I feel like either one of those fights could be title eliminators. How can you deny any of those 4 fighters a shot at Aldo if they beat their respective opponents. FW is really kinda stacked if you think about it.

    I’m excited about the main event too, but I can’t wait to see the Silva haters say he’s dodging Jones because he’s fighting Weidman. These are the same people who said a couple months ago that Silva would never fight Weidman. And for those who don’t think Weidman’s wrestling is more effective than Sonnen’s, I think that’s wrong.

    Hindsight is 20/20 and all, but I remember seeing Weidman fight Maia and it was a horribly boring fight, but Weidman won. When I look back on that fight, and how freaking good Maia has looked lately, especially grappling, it makes me see how good Weidman really is. He also took that fight on short notice and had trouble w/ the cut and he still dominated Maia and at MW too. Silva/Weidman is about as intriguing a fight as Silva has had in a while.

    • Lucas Freire

      You also have to remember that Maia was one of the smallest MWs of the division. He was only able get some wins at MW because of pure finesse at BJJ. At WW he’s a big guy with top notch technique,what makes him this fearsome threat.