The highly anticipated rematch between UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and arch rival Miesha Tate was believed to be scheduled to headline the UFC’s year-end show in Las Vegas. Rousey vs. Tate II would be a worthy headliner for UFC 168 after season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter wraps up, but there is a good chance that the organization could push the bout back in favor of another rematch.
Earlier today, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times had passed along the news that UFC president Dana White was targeting the year-end show as the date for the rematch between new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and the G.O.A.T. Anderson Silva.
Of course, that would mean Rousey vs. Tate II would need a new date.
If you believe the rumors circulating, Rousey vs. Tate II would be bumped back to the UFC’s Super Bowl Weekend show that will be held in New Jersey.
The UFC could give us a championship double-header for the year-end show, but a Weidman vs. Silva clash would overshadow Rousey’s bout and that wouldn’t make sense after the promotion has put so much effort in to making her the star that will carry the women’s division.
By headlining the New Jersey show, Rousey would be the center focus as media storms to the New Jersey area on Super Bowl Weekend, which would only result in more attention for the hottest rising star.