The originally scheduled main event between Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate will now serve as the co-headliner.
Weidman, of course, shocked the world last weekend, knocking out a foolish Silva who was caught with a flush left while in the act of showboating.
The defeat snapped Silva’s unbeaten streak of 17 and ended his 7 year reign as champion.
Not surprisingly, UFC President Dana White is already billing the fight as the biggest in the UFC’s 20-year existence.
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White asserted: "This fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman will be the biggest fight in UFC history. This is the biggest fight out there right now, and that's saying a lot considering the rest of our year."
Those are big words from the Octagon chief - But, in truth, some fans may still struggle with buying into the fight after Silva’s previous lackluster performance.
Silva not only showboated almost the entire fight, but at no point did he seem willing to engage his opponent.
Was he tentative for a reason or was it just a lack of respect?
Regardless,of what led to the Brazilian's bizarre actions, he not only tainted his legacy but embarrassed UFC. .
On the flip side, perhaps this is just what Anderson Silva needed - A wake-up call.
MMA great Anderson Silva, for a long while, has eased his way through fights, performing extraordinary techniques and maneuvers that looked more like something out the Matrix rather than real life. This fight showed that Anderson is human and, more importantly, may have finally met his match.
After initially appearing completely uninterested in a rematch with Weidman, Silva quickly changed his tune after the dust settled, and already appears as motivated as we have seen him in quite some time.
Silva’s Fight Blog
In Silva’s UFC 162 blog, fans got to take an emotional journey that gave a behind-the-scenes look at Anderson Silva and his struggle with defeat.
The blog featured a heartwarming lecture from Silva’s idol and boxing great Roy Jones Jr. Jones Jr of course had a very similar aurora surrounding him throughout much of his career. Who better to take advice from? The blog also featured some encouraging words of advice from Usher.
Although UFC 162 was a major disappointment for Silva and his fans, it may have produced the hungriest and best version of the UFC legend we have seen in a long time.
Silva even reached out through ESPN to his fans and nay-sayers simply stating “I'm back.”
Even with Weidman’s knockout victory, Silva - at this moment - is still a 2-to-1 favorite to win the rematch.