Silva-Weidman II will break UFC records: White
MANILA, Philippines – The highly anticipated December rematch between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Brazilian legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva may wind up being the biggest fight in company history, according to UFC president Dana White.
Weidman shocked Silva and the rest of the MMA world when he knocked out the Brazilian champion in the second round of the main event of UFC 162. A rematch was quickly set for UFC 168, which will be held on December 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I think it’s going to be the biggest fight we’ve ever done,” White told MMA Fighting.
White said the Silva-Weidman rematch can break the records set by the UFC 100 event, which featured heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir in the main event. It generated 1.6 million pay-per-view buys, the highest in UFC history.
“(UFC 168 will be) bigger than UFC 100, on every level,” White said. “Tickets, pay-per-views, everything.”
White said part of the intrigue will be how Silva, coming off his first loss inside the Octagon, will respond.
“You’re going to see a motivated Anderson, but what makes this so much fun is, what Anderson are you going to see? How is this thing going to go? That’s such a big part of the fun,” White said.
In the co-main event, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Miesha Tate. A heavyweight showdown between Josh Barnett and Travis Browne will also be featured in the undercard.