Anderson Silva hasn’t said he’s interested in fighting Chris Weidman again, but Dana White is so sure Silva will ask for a rematch, he’s reportedly considering UFC 168 for the fight. That card is scheduled to take place December 28th in Las Vegas, and the current main event will see women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey throw down with Miesha Tate for a second time. That’s several weeks sooner than the promotion’s February 1st, Super Bowl Weekend card, which White originally cited as a possible date for the Silva-Weidman II.
So where is all this coming from? Los Angeles Times writer Lance Pugmire tweeted Monday:
“@danawhite just told me he’s so amped about @SpiderAnderson @ChrisWeidmanUFC rematch, he’s thinking of moving it to Dec. 28.”
In a follow up report from MMA Junkie.com, the outlet also confirmed that the UFC boss man is indeed targeting the year end event for the fight, which would be ridiculously huge and lucrative.
The big questions remains, however, does Silva want to fight Weidman once more? And if he does come around to the idea, would he want to that soon? Sure, December 28th is quite a ways away, but you never know with Silva. He may decide he wants to fight somebody else first. Maybe he’ll ask for a fight at 205. Or maybe he doesn’t want to fight until next year. Hopefully he’s down to fight Weidman sooner than later.
Since the UFC traditionally tries to close out the year with a massive card and main event, it’s not surprising to hear White’s thinking about booking the bout for December 28th. In addition, although Silva-Weidman II would likely rake in pay-per-view buys a year from now, there’s something to be said for striking will the iron is hot. Plus, it’s MMA, so all it takes is one serious injury and a bout can easily get shelved for a year.
Start crossing your fingers.
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