UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is not guaranteed to exit UFC 162 with the belt considering the skill-set and hunger possessed by undefeated contender Chris Weidman. However, “The Spider” has been assured his next tilt will be a title-fight even if he comes up short on Saturday night.
“I’d do the rematch the next fight. Guy hasn’t lost in the UFC ever (and) has beat everybody. He loses that fight, he’s the guy for a rematch if he wants it,” said UFC President Dana White in an interview with MMAJunkie.
Of course, there’s a significant chance Silva will be the one with his hand raised at the bout’s conclusion. In that case, the 38-year old’s options likely include a second showdown with Vitor Belfort or an in-ring meeting with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Regardless, White assured fans Silva’s focus is on making the biggest match-ups possible.
“Fights that don’t matter don’t make money. If he makes it to 10, which if he makes it to 10, nobody better deny that he’s the f*cking greatest of all time, but he wants big fights that are going to make money,” White explained, referring to the ten-fight deal Silva recently signed. “He wants fights that are going to cement his legacy.”
Silva is 16-0 under the UFC banner with notable wins over Rich Franklin, Yushin Okami, Forrest Griffin, Belfort, and Chael Sonnen. His bout with Weidman (9-0) will serve as the PPV’s headliner.