Sources: Anderson Silva Re-Motivated, Wants Weidman Rematch This Year


Although longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva said he was no longer interested in fighting for the belt after his devastating UFC 162 loss to Chris Weidman, it appears that ‘The Spider’ is now singing an entirely different tune. Weidman appeared earlier this week to discuss how Dana White and the Fertittas had told him a rematch with Silva would most likely take place in either December or February, prompting speculation that the rematch would be coupled with the Rousey-Tate title fight at UFC 168.

However, news came yesterday that UFC 168 was not to be the place, but that may not end up mattering at all. According to sources close to MMA Fighting, Silva has apparently (and perhaps predictably) shucked off his disinterest in fighting for the title and is now hell-bent on a rematch with the young champion who took his belt. The sources reported that they have never seen Anderson already so motivated for a fight, and that he was heard saying he wanted the rematch to take place this week.

While that’s obviously not going to happen, speculation could have the fight actually happening before the end of this year. Silva was medically suspended for 45 days following the knockout, but that shouldn’t have any bearing on a potential late-fall rematch.

Just as Dana White predicted, it appears that Silva is hungry to avenge his only defeat within the UFC and is looking to do so sooner than expected. I think that we will see a very different Silva in both action and demeanor when the bout does roll around, which will hopefully be before the end of the year. Will this be the biggest and most-hyped bout in MMA history? You can bet it’ll be up there with the best.

  • Oh, yeah, oh, yeah
    Motivation source ? Maybe this –> $$$ <— but HELL why not!!! This will make everyone happy!!!
    Or he just woke up next morning after the fight, didnt see the belt on his cupboard and understood how crazy the things went last night

  • 0 showboating Weidman still has his ace in the hole, Wrestling. It was crazy how he had him in danger of a leg lock so soon after he took him down, if he decides to make it a grappling match the second time around we could be seeing the same results. My hope is that Anderson reclaims the title, gives it up, THEN goes on to do super fights etc.

    • Was he really in danger?
      Thats kinda like saying when someone ducks a haymaker its crazy how he had him in danger of a knockout so early.
      It wasnt like the sub Vitor had on Jones.

      • But props to Weidman for going for it, and not taking the gsp and sonnen way out.

        • not to be a sonnen nut hugger because hes been exposed pretty badly, but you cant say he takes the wrestle and do nothing approach, he tried to stand with silva both times and even put him on his **** once or twice i seem to remember as well as actively trying to finish? not his fault he has pillow hands

  • Just as Dana White predicted…. yeah right. You mean he said to Silva, "You ruined the Jones super fight possibility for now so you WILL fight Weidman again ASAP", and then threw a bunch of money at him.

    Maybe this time Silva will put his hands up like a man and show some respect. Weidman will either submit him or G&P his brains all over the mat…..

  • I hope Silva is really taking this fight seriously this time around, because if he is just going to clown around again, then I'm not interested. In my opinion, a 70% motivated Silva minus the clown act will destroy that guy.

    • Silva doesn't seem to care about being a champ any longer, so I am really hoping he is not just doing this for the money. As a fan, should he choose to walk away from the sport, he'd have my complete support. He has nothing else to prove to anyone whatsoever.

      • The only reason i don't think he should walk away is because i think he owes it to himsefl to defeat ATLEAST one of the lucky guys who showed up when he was slipping and handed them a win. He's never had a rematch against takase and chonan either, and those are about as embarrassing.

    • 70% damn i was thinking more like 50%. Weidman is cool but if A.S let me stand in front of him tee & off 35 times with out blocking or fighting back, ill be the champ right now too.

      • @HATE: Agreed. Anyone, including us, would have knocked him out.

        Even a dead clock shows the right time twice a day.

  • You never know what "trick" Anderson has up his sleeve… never mind tricks are for kid's. All this man business has got me awfully hungry for money.

    All joke's aside if Chris win's again then I have no idea what is next for Anderson Silva, he still has a lot of fun fights left.

  • How about a bareknuckle brawl against Dan Henderson in burlap sack pants if he loses the rematch

    • I can't believe people still think dan would win.

  • All of us. The fans and the media were the ones who were telling him he was the GOAT and giving him really over the top praise for taunting and showboating and doing what he was doing when he got knocked out. A combination of trying to please the fans and cockiness in part brought on by all of us telling him how good he was caused the loss.

  • I swear to fuk.

  • Weidman better enjoy that belt for the next couple of months and his management better hustle and secure all kinds of long term sponsor and endorsement deals BEFORE this rematch…. That's all i have to say about this!

  • This fight is ten times more interesting than Silva/Sonnen 2.

    The whole fight is all about what Silva can do rather than Weidman…..We need a few months to build this baby.

    Anderson has read the papers in Brazil and knows he fukked up

    • For sure ! If comparing the Sonnens and Weidmans GnP, for me Chrises looked much more vicious. and dangerous. Man, cant wait for official announcement 😀

  • Saying your re-motivated is one thing, actually becoming it is something else.

    So few athletes know when to hang 'em up. I hope Silva doesn't dilute his legacy the way BJ and Fedor have.


  • NO way should he get a rematch straight away…i dont care how long he had the belt, he got knocked out cold… in line step up!

  • I personally think Silva fixed the fight, wiedman vs silva 2 will be double in revenue and then the super fights….watching the fight many times, the "soft glancing" shot he took should never of hurt him let alone KO him… look at the other fights that he let people hit him full force…silva has a stone jaw …noway that shot KO'd him.

    • Why don't you just give us (Silva fans) what we want…just say "Silva didn't really lost to Weidman via a fcuking awesom KO, just like when he willingly gave Chael 4 1/2 rounds." is that really hard to do? huh?

  • I bet he's motivated now, lol. Seriously, he went from a mega-hero to a mega-zero in a few minutes. I mean, geez, if he found his heart out and had some great moments in the fight- and THEN lost, that would be one thing. My friends who live in Brazil tell me even the non-MMA fans over there were embarassed by what happened! One thing is for sure- he'll get a rematch, and win or lose (no draw) this will be a super battle with the most focused AS we have ever seen. And of course, aftewards he'll do his mega-million dollar super fights. We all know those are coming, no doubt!