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Anderson Silva Rumored to Want Weidman Rematch During Super Bowl Weekend, Opens as Betting Favorite Once Again

(The courtship continues.)

Anderson Silva insisted immediately after his knockout loss to Chris Weidman last Saturday at UFC 162 that he didn’t want a rematch. Then again, the guy just had his brain scrambled up real good and probably shouldn’t be held accountable for anything he said in the post-fight interview. A recent tweet from Brazilian journalist Guilherme Cruz who himself cites Lauro Jardim of Veja (I know, we’re stretching it here, but we want to believe) says that “sources close to Anderson Silva revealed he wants a rematch with Weidman on Feb. 2014.”

That would probably be the UFC’s big Super Bowl weekend event, if true. Sounds reasonable, right nation?

Silva is currently serving a forty-five day injury suspension and will need more time than that to even begin to recover from his knockout, at least to the extent that one’s brain can ever recover from being knocked out. Silva ate some thudding shots to the dome in the first round while on his back from Weidman before ever getting knocked out and eating more shots on the ground in the second.

Add a couple decades of damage from sparring and training for the 38-year-old and you’ve got an ex-champ who needs a breather. But, an early February bout would at least give “The Spider” a few months off for nothing but rest before he’d have to get back into a training camp. If he’s going to continue to fight and fight in the middleweight division, that’s about as reasonable a schedule as he’ll likely be offered.

Looking towards the possibility of a rematch between Silva and Weidman, betting lines have already been released,¬†and they’ve opened with Anderson as only slightly less of a favorite than he was going into their first bout. According to MMA Fighting, “ made Silva a -175 favorite (he’s already been bet up to -185), while listed the Brazilian at -140. Weidman is a +155 and +100 underdog on the sites, respectively.”

Looks like the American still has to make believers out of a few more degenerate gamblers. Perhaps after the initial shock of him beating Silva wears off, money will start to come in on Weidman.

Do you want to see the immediate rematch, ‘taters? And, if so, who would you put your money on and why?

- Elias Cepeda

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CheckHisPee- July 11, 2013 at 12:51 am
Ok, I might have come off lookin a little goofy with my earlier comment but, I agree with what most here are saying. We as fans need to confirm or deny the "fluke/showboating" aspects of the first fight, and after all he's done, no one desreves an instant rematch more.
godspeed- July 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm
Give mark munoz a shot. I think he will take it this time.
pookie- July 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm
After being on the shelf for a year leading up to this fight would Weidman really want to wait another 7 months to fight again?
Get Off Me- July 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Weidman vs any other MW than Silva would not nearly be as interesting at this point. The first fight delivered excitement and I'd be up for two more in a row like Gatti and Ward did.
Hesh to Steel- July 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Have there really been THAT many auto rematches? Frankie Edgar gets them a lot, but his fights are all really close. JDS didn't get one, the last few welterweight title bouts haven't been rematches, ditto for light heavyweight, featherweight. Weidman doesn't mind, Silva doesn't mind, and personally, I'd love to see a rematch where Silva fights straight up. Would be really interesting after all these years.
teep- July 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm
I don't know if we will ever see a motivated Silva again. He has said over and over that he is "tired." I am sure he is.
teep- July 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm
@cman: the alternate is I want to Chris defend the belt for awhile. I am sick of this auto rematch crap. Lets see if Chris can defend the belt or if it was just a fluke.
Phattousai- July 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm
Yea, he should have to work his way back up the ladder like BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar and Cain Velasquez did :P
cman- July 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Love auto correct SOOOOO much.
cman- July 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Oh I read it, and noted you didn't offer a better alternate. Fact of the matter, as tired of Silvia's antics as I've gotten, nothing is going to 'show me' Weismann more than that rematch, preferably with a motivated silva.
teep- July 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm
@cman if you would read my full post, you would read that I wrote that Anderson needs to work his way back up like most others have had to do in other weight classes. An immediate rematch is not what I want as a fan. I want to see what Chris can do as a champ.
smellypiratehooker- July 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm
Can't say I was to bothered by the outcome last Sat. Getting a little dose of humility for a fighter that could check himself before he wrecked himself might go a long way in him realizing the contradiction in, on one hand sanctimoniously preaching about him being a martial artist first and foremost since a young age. And then pulling the disrespectful buffoonery that cost him his title.

I understand that he maybe even thought that in some way it was a just tatic. But then he would be flying in the face of his idea that what Chael did had "know place in this sport or the UFC". (not verbatim)
Clyde- July 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm
If 10 title defenses don't qualify you for an immediate rematch when you lose, then I'm not sure what does. And while I don't doubt that Wiedman is a threat him, Silva does have a habit of pulling miracles out of his ass.

Still, February? Seems like a long time away, even with the concussion...
mookiestick- July 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm
I've gtown to appreciate Anderson's striking but not his clowning. I hope Weidman pounds him into a puddle of mud superboel eeekend. He's fakes humblness. He got to eat 4 entire humble pies last Saturday. I want him gone.
cman- July 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm
@teep. That's the dumbest thing I've read all weekend, conspiracy theories included. He had run thru the division multiple times. Had to take fights at 205 when there was no #1 contender. Who exactly do you think silva should beat to be considered good enough to challenge for the belt? Your keyboard?
teep- July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am
I don't want to see a rematch. Wiedman is the champ now. Anderson should work his way back up the ladder like everyone else(?). But DW loves Anderson, so this rematch will happen. I hope Anderson doesn't get 600k this time. And Chris should at least 200k for a rematch! I think Chris should stick it to DW where is hurts.
CheckHisPee- July 11, 2013 at 12:39 am
With or without Dana's affection Anderson's owned this division and everyone in it for years. If that don't earn you an instant rematch well then you sir can just paddle my bum! *ahem*...please. Seriously though, would you spank my ass with a wooden plank of some sort?
Fried Taco- July 10, 2013 at 11:44 am
Anderson just wants another one of those sweet kisses.
El Famous Burrito- July 10, 2013 at 11:38 am
I hope Weidman pulls an Ed Soares and declines to face him again until Anderson beats someone else and earns his shot.
Uncle_Irish420- July 10, 2013 at 11:35 am
20 bucks says Anderson tries to "Super Bowl shuffle" mid 2nd and get ktfo
Enricho Palazzo- July 10, 2013 at 10:50 am
I think Anderson finishes Weidman by the second round in a rematch. When Weidman threw that back-fisted whiff seconds before the KO, he was off-balance and his chin was right there on a silver platter. A focused Silva would've capitalized with Jedi counter-striking like the jab he planted on Forrest Griffin and Weidman would've been on his ass. Methinks Anderson will take Weidman very seriously next go-around and we will see a completely one-sided decimation.
drainplugofideas- July 10, 2013 at 10:30 am
Id love to see a rematch. I Also sort of hope he wins the belt and retires. That would be a hell of a story.