Rousey vs. Tate 2 remains UFC 168 headliner as date for Silva vs. Weidman rematch 'to be determined'

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While a rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman would have made the perfect headliner for the promotion's year-end extravaganza, it was too risky to commit to without first getting a verbal agreement from "The Spider."

No need to get "Rowdy."

After a brief deliberation, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has decided to leave the UFC 168 pay-per-view (PPV) main event rematch between Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and arch nemesis Miesha Tate, right where it is.

Saturday, December 28, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There was some talk of shifting The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 coaches to a later date, to make room for what many consider to be the inevitable rematch between Anderson Silva and new UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. Unfortunately, "The Spider" has been non-committal on a return date, forcing White to reconsider his options.

Go with the sure thing.

Silva was knocked out by "All American" in the main event of UFC 162 (video), which took place just last weekend (July 6, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Brazilian was finished decisively, but his tomfoolery were the cause of much controversy.

Not that it matters, since he was guaranteed a rematch from day one.

When and where "Weidman vs. Silva 2" takes place has yet to be determined, according to a report from L.A. Times, as White has little interest in competing against next year's FOX-televised Super Bowl (as originally discussed), since the network is also the home of select UFC programming.

Like this.

The good news is, the promotion is hardly downgrading. Tate may not be the most deserving challenger (she is), but you can bet your lesbian hook-ups that her interactions with Rousey on the upcoming season of the FX-televised combat sports reality show will do more than enough to sell the organization's traditional year-end fight card extravaganza.

Stay tuned.

For more on the upcoming season of TUF 18, as well as the UFC 168: "Rousey vs. Tate" PPV main event, click here and here. To catch up on all the fallout from UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" click here.

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