Anderson Silva may not be calling for a rematch yet, following his instant classic, KO loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, but Dana White is pretty adamant the legendary fighter is going to change his tune. Of course, since Silva-Weidman II will almost certainly create a nice, hefty pile of cash, the UFC brass is certainly hoping “The Spider” will want to avenge the loss.
If you missed it, shortly after Silva got blasted by Weidman, the former champ said in his post fight interview that he didn’t want a rematch with the “All American.” In the post fighter presser, the 38 year old Silva said he wants to take some time to consider his options. As far as White’s concerned, however, there’s little doubt the sport’s consensus greatest fighter ever is going to ask for a rematch (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Anderson Silva needs to go home, hang out with his family, take a week or two to shake this thing off. There are times when guys will win a fight, and they don’t want to talk for three weeks. It’s really part of the process, it really is, and especially a big night like tonight. And when you lose the way that he lost, there’s a process for this.”
“Anderson plays a lot of things off publicly. The guy went on this win streak because he’s an amazing competitor and is an amazing talent. He’s going to want to redeem himself.”
While obviously White, the UFC and nearly every single fan wants to see a rematch, the UFC President is probably right about this. Unless, of course, Silva truly doesn’t think he can beat Weidman, but that’s highly unlikely. The former champ added that there’s a lot of pressure holding the belt, and that’s a good point, but considering Silva got caught while taunting Weidman, with his hands below his waist, there’s a good chance he’s going to want a do over. Even if the ‘tactics’ were designed to take Weidman out of his game.
White’s already got a date and location picked out for Silva-Weidman II; Super Bowl Weekend, February 1st in Newark, NJ. The actual Super Bowl itself is being played in East Rutherford. Sounds good no?