Most fans likely had their weekend buoyed by the news that Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will in fact fight for a second time, December 28th at UFC 168. Saturday’s confirmation capped off a crazy week, where Silva’s historic reign came to an end, he claimed he wouldn’t fight the new champ again, before reports surfaced a few days after that a rematch was going to happen. Before the fight was announced, however, the internet was a blaze with speculation and reports as to what Silva’s future might hold.
Case in point, the man who helped Silva hone his jiu-jitsu game for Weidman, Mr. Andre Galvao, relayed recently that the legend was “considering retiring.” The decorate grappler argued, however, that Silva’s unexpected loss might in fact reinvigorate the former champ’s desire to fight. In a recent appearance on “Inside MMA”, Silva’s manager Ed Soares noted that not only is the star eager to fight, he believes the fighter will continue competing for some time (quote via MMA Junkie.com).
“Anderson seems to be taking it pretty well, but it’s definitely on his mind,” Soares said about the 38 year-old fighter. “I know that he’s eager to get back in there and do it again and get his belt back.”
“[He] will fight out the nine fights on his contract, but his next fight will be against Chris Weidman,”
Silva also relayed following the loss that he intended to complete his lengthy deal with the promotion, and after he fights Weidman for a second time, he’ll have 8 bouts left. If Silva defeats Weidman in the rematch, then several bouts (including a rubber match with the “All American”) could immediately come into play. If Silva loses, however, it will be fascinating to see if and how he decides to fight out the contract. Would he attempt yet another title run? Or close out his career in the manner that men like Rich Franklin Wanderlei Silva are?
UFC 168 will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada and will also feature women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey taking on Miesha Tate.