UFC President Dana White has been a whirlwind tour promoting the December Middleweight title rematch between Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva. The promotional event has seen a barrage of media coverage, with endless speculation that can only be clarified when the fight goes down December 28 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Obviously there are a ton of questions to prognosticate on concerning this fight, which may end up being the biggest MMA fight of all time. Many are wondering just how Silva will fight in the rematch, as his showboating, arrogant style appeared to have cost him the first bout with Weidman. White spoke up to MMA Weekly to give his take on the subject:
“I have no idea how this is going to go. Do I think Silva’s gonna come out and fight like he did last time? I do not. I mean, who knows, he might. Who knows with him? He’s a talented freak of nature that can pull off a lot of things. I think that’s part of the intrigue of this is seeing what he’s gonna do, how he’s gonna come out and fight this time, how’s Weidman gonna respond, I don’t know, it’s awesome. I love this fight. I’m a promoter, I’m up here selling this fight, or whatever, I get it, but I’m telling you right now, I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited for a fight.”
While White may be hyping up one of the biggest rematches the young sport of MMA has ever seen, there’s no doubt that the buzz surrounding Weidman vs. Silva II will be electric. Tension is already building around the enigmatic challenger, and the president may be right when he stated that part of the suspense is seeing just how Silva is going to respond to his first-ever UFC loss.
On the other hand, Weidman is calm and collected as always, carrying a quiet confidence after knocking out a man that many thought to be invincible. The young champion recently said that he expects Silva to bring the same game to UFC 168, and Silva has said that is just him. It’s hard to see how ‘The Spider’ regains the belt against an opponent like Weidman with that gameplan, but just like White believes, there’s no telling what will happen come December 28.