Chris Weidman is coming off the biggest win of his UFC career at UFC 168. Coming into his bout with Anderson Silva, few fighters and media gave Weidman a chance as Silva has been able to dominate top competition, oftentimes making them look like they didn’t belong in the Octagon with him.
Weidman proved the critics wrong, knocking out Silva in the second round. It was one of the most shocking upsets in UFC history, save for Matt Serra’s TKO win over Georges St. Pierre. Now, Weidman is gearing up for the rematch, which will take place at UFC 168.
It could possibly be one of the biggest fights in UFC history, and the UFC president Dana White agrees. Talking with MMA Fighting, White shared his thoughts on the monumental rematch:
“I think it’s going to be the biggest fight we’ve ever done … Bigger than UFC 100. On every level … You’re going to see a motivated Anderson, but what makes this so much fun is, what Anderson are you going to see? “
So, which Silva will we see? Will it be the killer Silva that destroyed Chris Leben in the matter of minutes, or will it be the Silva that we saw in the first Weidman bout, where he was toying with Weidman with his hands down? This is a huge reason why this fight is so special, but for Weidman, the rematch gives him the chance to silence the doubters.
A lot of people credited the Weidman win because of Silva’s antics and not because of Weidman’s skills. Weidman is looking forward to showcasing his skills once again and proving he is the best 185-pound fighter on the planet.