Report: Anderson Silva 'badly' wants Chris Weidman rematch, calls for UFC fight before year's end

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Will "Silva vs. Weidman 2" be the biggest UFC fight of all time?

So much for all that yammering about not wanting a rematch.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is still licking his wounds following a second-round knockout to Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162, which took place on July 6, 2013 from the MGM Grand Graden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

See it again here.

In the aftermath of his Fourth of July Weekend upset, "The Spider" initially claimed he was done contending for the title and would need a few months to figure out his next move. Apparently, a few months turned into a few hours, and Silva is already champing at the bit to get back inside the Octagon.

MMA Fighting has the report:

According to sources very close to the former UFC middleweight champion, Silva changed his tune about not fighting Weidman again just hours after he was knocked out by Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The sources said they have never seen Silva so motivated to fight someone, and that a little over 24 hours after the loss Silva was jokingly wishing the rematch could happen this week. That's how badly he wants to avenge his loss to Weidman.

Angry "Spider" is angry.

The good news is, Weidman is down for a rematch. In addition to believing he's the better fighter, I'm sure he would love the opportunity to silence the critics who may attribute the upset win to the Brazilian's antics and not the "All American's" skill.

But when and where?

That remains to be seen. UFC 168 was on the table over the weekend, but White changed his tune after getting no guarantees from the Silva camp. If he decides to reconsider, he would once again have to go back and sweet talk Ronda Rousey, who fights Miesha Tate for the women's bantamweight title at the same event.

For now.


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