UFC middleweight title to go on the line at the promotion’s big end of year card.
“Trust me, I back”
With those four little words, the UFC and its fans have what they wanted, a rematch between Anderson Silva and now champion Chris Weidman for the middleweight title.
Speculation has swirled about if and when a re-match would take place after Weidman shocked the world by dethroning the pound-for-pound best fight in the world at UFC 162.
Now they are set to face again after UFC president Dana White announced the pair will meet in the main event at UFC 168 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 28.
“I don’t know if there’s any more hype ever in UFC history after a fight,” White said.
“Everybody has been wondering if there’s going to be a rematch. I’ve been working on it since Thursday. December 28 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, Anderson Silva will fight Chris Weidman, and the co-main event will be Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate.”
After the shocking loss at UFC 162, Silva indicated that he was done fighting for titles and that he would see out fight contract with the UFC taking on other opponents.
That prompted some to question whether Silva, at 38-years-of-age, had lost the spark to keep challenging himself as he had been on top of the division and the sport for so long.
However, it seems the loss to Weidman, his first in close to seven years in the UFC, was just the tonic to fire up his competitive streak ahead of what is sure to be the most hyped fight of the year.