“I would hate to say that the Anderson Silva era is over. I’m a fan of his. I hope he continues after he loses his next fight to do great things.” – UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman
Before Chris Weidman took Anderson Silva’s title he said he would grant him an immediate rematch – in Brazil. The confidence and respect Weidman brings to the table is admirable. Silva’s championship run was the greatest in UFC history. Weidman knew he’d have to beat him twice to successfully cement his spot at the top of the 185 pound division. He’s focused, and he was ready to beat Anderson again wherever and whenever after their first meeting this past summer. Although the second contest is just too big not to do in Vegas, a win for Anderson would likely mean the third will go down in his backyard. And Weidman would be just fine with that.
The extended UFC 168 video preview below takes a deeper look at both fights featured at the top of next weekends UFC year-end extravaganza; both of which are big time rematches for big time belts. Before Anderson Silva attempts to take back what he held for just a little over 6 and half years – a lifetime in MMA – Ronda Rousey will defend her UFC title against the girl she beat for said title back when it was celebrated under the Strikeforce banner. Rousey is a perfect 10-0 since beginning her MMA career (7-0 as a professional) with all 10 finishes coming by way of the armbar in the very first round. The one thing Miesha has going for her is that she’ll be the first fighter to face Ronda twice. She also will bring in a deeper and more intense focus than she did in the first fight. It’s all on the line. Neither champion, Weidman or Rousey, will be in any mood to leave any doubt on this night.