Same arena. Different buildup.
An Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch is set for December 28 at the MGM Grand Hotel Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Despite losing to Weidman at UFC 162, Silva opens as the odds-on favorite according to the line set by MMAOddsbreaker.com’s Nick Kalikas.
Both fighters are motivated to win the title. Being the underdog helped Weidman defeat UFC’s longest reigning champion July 6. With the desire to prove his doubters wrong and that UFC 162 was not a fluke, there is more at stake the second time around. Some critics thought that Chris Weidman’s second round TKO to upset the greatest MMA fighter in the sport’s history was some kind of conspiracy. Anderson “The Spider” Silva is looking to reclaim his UFC middleweight title, a title he held for nearly seven years before losing it to Weidman. Immediately following UFC 162, Silva said he would not fight for the belt but after the dust settled “The Spider” changed his tune within a week. When Silva comes into a match hungry opposed to cocky, he’s extremely dangerous.
“[It is] a bad feeling. In fact, I still have it. [I] had never been knocked out in my career. I did not like it”
Once UFC president Dana White made the official announcement of Silva-Weidman II on ESPN’s SportsCenter it was confirmed that Silva would get another shot at Weidman.
“(this rematch) will be the biggest fight in UFC history”
UFC 162 tickets brought in more than $4.8 million, the third highest gross revenue in UFC history. On the secondary market, UFC 162 tickets averaged $735. In the most anticipated rematch in MMA history, UFC 168 tickets are expected to cost more. To date, UFC 160 tickets for Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 were the most expensive Ultimate Fighting Championship tickets averaging $1006 on the resale market.