UFC President Dana White might have a lot on his mind right now, but the main thing is quite obvious. Seeking to book a rematch between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former champ Anderson Silva, rumors swirled that White would book the event for the year-ending UFC 168.
While nothing has been confirmed on that front just yet, reassuring news came earlier today in the form of sources close to Silva stating that there’s nothing more that ‘The Spider’ wants than to have a rematch. He’s apparently already motivated, and that’s music to White’s ears.
Never one to let a golden opportunity slip through his hands, White spoke up in an interview with Jason Page of NBC Sports Radio to detail his plans to put the blockbuster rematch together:
“I’m flying to L.A. this week to go talk to him. He’s gonna get knocked out again in a couple of days by reality and he’s going to want to do this fight again. Actually, I am looking at doing the rematch this year. “
“I can’t remember the last time there was a fight that happened, that all day Sunday, I was just bouncing off the walls. It’s crazy man. “
When questioned about the possibility of the rematch taking place at the late December spectacle of UFC 168, White responded:
“Could, be, yep, you are dead-on, my friend. There’s gonna be a rematch. The guy hasn’t lost a fight ever in the UFC. His first loss ever, and he’s been fighting here since 2006, and every one of those has been a title fight or a title defense except for one.”
In terms of Silva’s showboating tactics that ultimately cost him, White had respect for Chris Weidman:
“Chris Weidman went after him, and he (Silva) got caught. He got him in a bunch of submissions, but Anderson got out. That’s what makes the rematch so interesting.”
Indeed it is quite the interesting rematch, and is also the best way the UFC could end the year with a bang.
A very solid interview, check out the full audio below: