Weidman/Silva 2 Set to Headline UFC 168
Following his win over Anderson Silva last weekend, Chris Weidman predicted that his next fight would be an immediate rematch against the man he had just dethroned. Although Weidman was excided to get the win, he felt there was still a lot of work to be done. Though Weidman was right about the immediate rematch, I do not know that even he expected the fight to happen so soon. According to an interview on SportsCenter with UFC President Dana White, the fight is signed for December 28 in Las Vegas.
Dana White went on record by saying, “this event will be the biggest PPV we’ve ever done”. I would have to agree with Dana on this one. Anderson Silva had not lost since 2006 before the Weidman fight. He has gone 16-1 in his UFC career, finishing 14 of those opponents. Then you have Chris Weidman, undefeated in his MMA career. He is 10-0, with 6 of those wins being in the UFC. Many question whether or not Weidman’s win was a fluke. They argue that if Silva didn’t clown Weidman, he would have probably got the win. Will “the spider” play it safer this time around, or has time just caught up with the 38 year old Anderson Silva?
Also featured on the card, UFC Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey will take on Meisha Tate in the co-main event. Rousey and Tate faced each other in early 2012 where Ronda pulled off an arm-bar submission victory over Tate to become the new Strikeforce champ. As a result of the UFC buying Strikeforce, Rousey’s win would set her up for becoming the first Woman UFC Champion. There is very bad blood between these two and we will get to see it first hand in September as they look to coach against each other on the 18th Season of the Ultimate Fighter. When asked how the season went between the two, Dana simply stated “These two bring the absolute f—king worst out of each other. They both look like f—king lunatics.” TUF 18 will mark the first time both men and women will live in the same house together.