Never have we heard UFC president Dana White so adamant on a match-up happening. With the clamoring of the fans for the rematch between Anderson Silva and the new champ Chris Weidman, it’s no surprise that the organization would like to capitalize on the interest. During a recent sit down interview with NBC Sports, White was quick to say that there will be a rematch, and they are targeting it for this year.
“I’m flying to LA next week to go talk to [Silva]…Yes I do [expect the rematch]. Anderson Silva is going to get knocked out again by reality in a few days, and he is going to want to do this fight again… Actually, I am looking to do the rematch THIS year… It could be [UFC 168]. There is going to be a rematch. There is no way we don’t do this rematch.”
The UFC 168 date has recently been announced as the featured card for the grudge match between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, following their Ultimate Fighter stint as opposing coaches. Of course that doesn’t mean the UFC couldn’t easily change it to Weidman vs. Silva II in Vegas.
With the current champ Chris more than happy to grant the rematch and the former champ Anderson having a change of heart, it seems to be just paper work, (which White sounds to be in the process of completing) before we hear the official word.