Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Well, that didn’t take too long. Exactly one week after former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) lost his crown to Chris Weidman, then proceeded to claim he wasn’t interested in a rematch with the man who abruptly snapped his seven-year reign, UFC president Dana White announced Saturday on ESPN’s SportsCenter that Silva has in fact agreed to a sequel. Although Weidman entered UFC 162 as a 2-to-1 underdog, many MMA experts predicted he would dethrone the UFC’s most decorated champion. After Weidman scored an early takedown, Silva got to his feet and began to feel really comfortable inside the Octagon. In fact, he was far too comfortable. Silva started to clown Weidman by keeping his hands down and daring “The All-American” to punch him in the face. Seventy eight seconds into the second round and Silva found himself unconscious in the canvas. Silva had rattled off 17 straight victories prior to last weekend’s upset special. “The Spider” had owned a UFC record 10 successful title defenses before running into Weidman’s left hand. Weidman stakes claim to an unblemished 10-0 professional record. Following the biggest win of his career, nobody wanted to arrange a rematch more than Weidman in order to prove his victory was not a fluke. The Gambling Gods have pegged Silva as an early -185 odds-on favorite to reclaim his throne. Weidman is currently a +155 underdog.  “I back, trust me. I back,” Silva stated on SportsCenter. Now that Part II will come to fruition, Silva will participate in the most anticipated rematch in MMA history for the second time in three fights. He steamrolled Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 to solidify his spot atop the 185-pound totem pole prior to meeting Weidman. UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate were originally slated to co-headline UFC 168. They archenemies will now serve as the co-featured attraction.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jets to release Percy Harvin

NFL teams shed Top 5 salaries, eye free agency

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

With Hunter Pence out, Giants have options

Dustin Pedroia on confidence after grand slam: 'Just watch'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jon Jones thinks he can beat Cain Velasquez

Larry Bird jokes about pose of Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Barry Switzer urged Cowboys to draft Murray with great quote

SF Giants file brief in support of gay marriage to Supreme Court

Jay Cutler available to teams in trade

Brian Hoyer praises Johnny Manziel for checking into rehab

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Who is the 'franchise player' at each sports network?

WATCH: Duncan Keith makes young girl's dream come true

Top 10 storylines to watch in spring practice

Analyzing the top-five free agent quarterbacks

Five NBA players set to make biggest impact down the stretch

Five areas the Eagles must address this offseason

WATCH: Craig Sager emotional in warm welcome back to TNT

Likeliest landing spots for Ndamukong Suh

Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon drives a chrome Mercedes

WATCH: Ronda Rousey breaks guy's ribs who doubts her ability

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall

With Pence out, Giants have options

Analyzing the top-five free agent QBs

NBA players set to make biggest impact

Larry Bird trash talks Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Likeliest landing spots for Suh

Jay Cutler available to teams in trade

Ronda Rousey breaks guy's ribs

Ten teams who have tightened the belt

Mayweather waited for Pacquiao to get old, right?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.