Found July 13, 2013 on
At 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday July 13th UFC President Dana White announced live on ESPN that Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva have both signed a contract to fight inside of the MGM Grand on December 28th. This bout will headline UFC 168 with Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II being bumped to co-main event status. Biggest card in UFC history? UFC 100 and 129 may come close, but on paper there is no cigar with what's at stake come December 28th in Vegas.
Weidman has become an overnight superstar since KO'ing Silva this past weekend at UFC 162. He caught Silva with a left hook after chasing the former middleweight champion while he attempted to clown Weidman in an attempt to get him to "play his game". Many MMA pundits believe that it was nothing more than Silva's tomfoolery that spelled the end to his record breaking title run. Some will tell you that Weidman will beat Silva again and then go on to beat all of his records.
During the fight announcement a video played of Silva announcing his thoughts on this upcoming rematch with Weidman. The former champion had a simple message for his fans. "I back, trust me, I back," Silva said staring straight into the camera with a smile and a wink, sporting his Nike Anderson knows shirt. This is the rematch that had to happen folks, and with Anderson on board - prepare for the most motivated "Spider" in years. He has a reason to be hungry again. Will the rediscovering of that hunger be enough to stop the "All-American" now that he's had a taste of the good life? Only time will tell.
BEST OF MAXIM
It was easy to watch Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and criticize his arrogance but there is a side of him UFC fans have never seen until now. Silva posted a dramatic video blog on his YouTube channel which shows The Spider humbled and devastated after his KO loss at the hands of Chris Weidman.
NO TIME WASTED
Less than a week after Chris Weidman knocked out Anderson Silva, UFC president Dana White has already announced a date for a rematch between the fighters.
It all started with the strangest of interviews. One in which Anderson Silva said that the best outcome would be for Weidman to walk away champion. This was days before the fight, and even then Anderson was saying he didn’t want a rematch. Talk about not having confidence in yourself? That was weird enough, and I personally think Anderson was jsut playing and got caught, but that...
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.
Wow! Well, then again, this was the most expected rematch ever in the world of MMA, so yeah. But hey, it’s here, and we will be seeing the rematch within 6 months, which to me, means Chris Weidman and Anderson SIlva will be clogging the newswires for almost a year straight — and I’m fine with that.
Dana White made a special announcement today, revealing the news:
Anderson Silva will get a rematch with Chris Weidman
â who ended Silvaâs nearly
seven-year reign of the division with a knockout a week ago
â at UFC 168 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas on Dec. 28, the UFC announced on Saturday.