Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey lost top billing after her rematch against Miesha Tate was bumped from the headlining spot of UFC 168 to make way for the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch, recently booked for Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And that's fine by her.
Rousey was not only "super stoked" to be sharing a poster with the legendary "Spider," she also feels a little relieved, knowing that promotional duties, which include interviews, appearances, press conferences and more, will now be divided by four instead of just two.
"Rowdy" shares her elation with USA Today:
"I'm super stoked about being on the same card as Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. It'll alleviate some of the promotional stress and pressure because there'll be more of us working to promote this big card. Their fight may very well be the fight of the year, maybe even in the history of the company, and I think it's an honor to be a part of that."
No arguments here.
Weidman stunned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world over Fourth of July Weekend, knocking out the Brazilian and leaving the UFC 162 headliner as new UFC middleweight champion (replay). Silva's recent loss inside the Octagon, the first of his UFC career, warranted an immediate rematch.
And apparently takes precedent over everything else.
Rousey and Tate will already have some built-in hype heading into the promotion's annual year-end show, as they finish up their coaching duties on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, which is scheduled to air on Wednesday nights beginning September 4, 2013 on FOX Sports 1.