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Dana White: If Anderson Silva Loses to Chris Weidman, He Will Receive an Immediate Rematch


(Weidman watches and comments on Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar live, last year in Brazil. Video via YouTube.com/fueltv)

On Monday, UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie that, should middleweight champion Anderson Silva lose his title defense against Chris Weidman this Saturday at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, “I’d do the rematch the next fight.”

White went on to explain why Silva’s title defense against Weidman might just effectively be a warm-up match for the champion. “[Silva] hasn’t lost in the UFC ever, has beat everybody. He loses that fight, he’s the guy for a rematch if he wants it.”

While a decision like this could be perceived as indicative of the UFC desperately wanting to keep Silva champion and of their willingness to do just about anything to make sure that happens, immediate title rematches are not without precedent and are, in fact, becoming quite common in the organization. (These kinds of rematches also have a long tradition in boxing, where bout agreements often include automatic rematch clauses for champions.)

Silva certainly deserves one based on past accomplishments, as White suggested, but a rematch could also just be good business. For his part, Weidman is certainly not surprised by White’s announcement. The #1 contender has already says that he expects to have to face and beat Silva twice. Heck, his coach Matt Serra had to do the same thing when he beat Georges St. Pierre in 2007.

“If I beat Anderson Silva, I definitely kind of expect a rematch,” Weidman said recently.

“Unless he decides to retire because he’s the greatest of all time. He’s been undefeated in the UFC, and I’m sure he’s not just going to lose and then fight a couple of guys to get a title shot again. He’s going to be right back in there.”

Do you think automatic immediate rematches are fair to underdogs who manage to pull out wins, Potato Nation? And, if you are one of the many who are giving Weidman more than snowball’s chance in hell, do you think he can take out “The Spider” twice in a row?

- Elias Cepeda

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RwilsonR- July 4, 2013 at 8:53 am
Matt Serra wasn't going to have an immediate rematch. He was supposed to fight Hughes. And GSP had to fight Koscheck to get his title shot again.
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RearNakedSpoon- July 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm
Another TUF level contender for Anderson to pad his record with. Swanson vs Siver will be the most entertaining fight on that PPV, maybe some repeated prelims as well.
teep- July 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm
There will also be a threepeat of this fight should Wiedman win the first fight and Silva wins the second -eventually. Dana loves threepeats. And why should I pay for this fight now?
godspeed- July 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Why the hell is anyone even thinking he has a shot against the baddest mo fucker on the planet. Silva wins by ko........late first or early second round.
algiersheadkick504- July 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Well Ya know must title fights are Frankie Edgar close decisions lately, if wiedman were to finish him first round (not happening) then I can see no immediate rematch
mookiestick- July 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm
Dana says a lot of thongs. If Weidman were to pummel Silva like Velasquez dis to Dos Santos, I don't think we'd see an immediate rematch. That's still a bif "if" though...
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