UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman produced fireworks over July 4th Weekend and may have an opportunity to do so again before year’s end if UFC President Dana White can orchestrate the pieces as preferred. Though UFC 168 is already scheduled to feature UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey putting her gold up for grabs against Miesha Tate, it appears White is ready to replace the December 28 rumble with a rematch between Weidman and former title-holder Anderson Silva.
The LA Times was first to reveal White’s plans, confirming them with the company head himself. If such comes to pass, Rousey-Tate II will be moved to the Super Bowl Weekend card in February 2014.
One of the obvious obstacles in the way of White getting his way has to do with Silva’s willingness to lock horns again with Weidman. Shortly after his knockout loss at UFC 162, “The Spider” stated he didn’t want to pursue a rematch or the belt but rather focus his energy on other opportunities in the Octagon. However, White has been adamant in his belief Silva will change his mind once he has a chance to really reflect on the defeat.