UFC president Dana White told the media that he wanted to make the Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman rematch happen sooner than later, and it appears he was not kidding. White told the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire that he is aiming to have the rematch anchor the UFC’s year-end card.
Pugmire tweeted the news earlier today, saying:
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) July 8, 2013
White apparently stated that if this were to happen, then the UFC would move the card’s current headliner pitting UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey versus heated rival Miesha Tate to the promotion’s Super Bowl weekend card in Newark, New Jersey.
All of this will depend on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s timetable for return to the Octagon. Silva stated after the fight that he wants to take a few months with his wife and kids to gauge what he wants to do next. The Brazilian had controlled the UFC’s middleweight division for nearly seven years prior to his upset loss this past Saturday.