Anderson Silva said after the loss to Chris Weidman that he was done fighting for the Title Belt, that it was Weidman’s time and he was just going to finish out the 10 fights remaining on his contract. Fans clamored for a rematch and UFC President Dana White announced that there would be a rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman in December.
“Ever since the fight got over, I don’t know if there’s ever been any more hype, ever, in UFC history after a fight,” White said on “SportsCenter.” “Everybody has been wondering if there will be a rematch. I’ve been working on it since Thursday.
“Dec. 28 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, Anderson Silva will fight Chris Weidman in the rematch. The co-main event will be Ronda Rousey versus Miesha Tate.”
Anderson Silva had changed his tune about the rematch as well.
“Yeah guys, my fans, UFC and my fans [throughout] the world and in the United States, Dec. 28, I coming back to fight: Weidman and Anderson Silva. I back. Trust me, I back,” Silva told ESPN.
Dana White said getting the guys to agree was easy and the agreements have been signed.
“Anderson Silva is motivated, fired up and wants the belt back,” White said. “I expect a totally different fight. I don’t think he is going to come out and taunt [Weidman].
“He went out and played. It’s not the first time he’s done this. He’s done it before and he got away with it. Chris Weidman didn’t allow it. Chris Weidman kept his composure when [Silva] was messing around with him and Weidman went right after him and ended up knocking him out.”