After a shocking turnout last weekend at UFC 162, there will be a rematch between new UFC Middleweight champ Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Weidman/Silva II will take place on December 28th at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.
Going into UFC 162, Silva was the favorite, but there were many UFC fighters who gave Weidman a chance, and even predicted that he would beat Silva. In a shocking turn of events, after some showboating by Silva, Weidman caught Silva with a left hook that put the pound-for-pound king on the mat to the end the match. In the process of knocking out Silva, Weidman ended Silva’s undefeated streak in the octagon, as he dethroned the champ of seven years.
After the fight, Silva said that he had no plans on fighting Weidman again, and that he didn’t want to fight for the title again either. After a few days, however, Silva was reinvigorated to step inside the octagon to get back the title he held for nearly a decade.
Silva is widely regarded by many as the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts, but last weekend’s fight has many wondering if his age, 38, is catching up to him. In December, Silva will be out to prove that he can still get the job done.
Not only are fans getting this rematch at UFC 168, but they are also getting the co-main event of Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate. Rousey, like Silva before his loss, is regarded as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world in the women’s section of fighting.
UFC 168 is sure to serve as a late Christmas gift to fans of the UFC and mixed martial arts.