As many people expected would be the case, Anderson Silva has decided he wants to attempt regaining the middleweight championship, as the former champ will fight Chris Weidman again at UFC 168. The news comes one week after Weidman ended Silva’s historic reign at UFC 162 by knockout, and seven days removed from Silva’s initial claim he didn’t intend to fight the new champion again.
UFC President Dana White announced the rematch while appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, and the promotion has subsequently confirmed the tilt will go down on December 28th. UFC 168 is also set to feature bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey taking on opposing TUF coach Miesha Tate, and the bout has been moved into the co-main-event slot.
While some fans may have been hoping to see the fight take place at Cowboys Stadium or even a soccer stadium in Brazil, since the UFC already has an event booked for December 28th, today’s announcement makes sense. White originally said he might try to promote the fight on Super Bowl Weekend next February, but once Silva decided he wanted to face Weidman again, he reportedly wanted to get it done sooner than later.
SportsCenter also apparently rolled a clip of Silva, where the 38 year-old star relayed: “My fans in the UFC and my fans in the world and the United States, Dec. 28 I go back to fight, Weidman and Anderson Silva. I’m back. Trust me, I’m back.”
Although things have been looking up, in terms of the rematch for a couple of days now, that is some pretty, pretty sweet news. Now, what’s the betting line going to be on whether Silva breaks out the taunting routine once again?
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