UFC 162 was epic in many regards. Fans saw Anderson Silva, who is considered the greats MMA fighter of all time, lose in devastating fashion to Chris Weidman. Weidman was able to land a devastating left hook in the second round, forcing the ref to step in.
Now, Weidman will have the chance to do it again, as UFC president, Dana White, announced on ESPN that they have successfully booked the rematch. It’s scheduled to go down at UFC 168, which also features a bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
White has pegged this fight as being the biggest fight in all of the UFC, and he certainly has a point. It has been so long since fans have seen such a shocking result for a UFC card. Sure, many picked Weidman to beat Silva via his wrestling and grappling, but the knockout took many by surprise. The upset was analogous to the Fabricio Werdum submitting Fedor Emelianenko. That’s why it’s so intriguing to see the rematch, as it gives Weidman the chance to prove whether or not he truly is the better fighter.
For Silva, it will give him the chance to come back from one of the most devastating losses of his career. During their first meeting, Silva was content to drop his hands down in hopes of drawing Weidman into his game plan, but this proved to be costly. It will be interesting to see how Silva takes the second fight, and also see what strategies he tries to employ. Same thing for Weidman.
It should be one of the most anticipated rematches in all of MMA, and it will take place December 28, 2013, which will be on the UFC 168 card.