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UFC Set For Historic Fight Card December 28
- Updated: July 17, 2013
LAS VEGAS — after losing to Chris Weidman July 6, many fans asked for a rematch between Anderson Silva and the new UFC Middleweight Champion. The following week, UFC President Dana White worked continuously to make that reality.
On Saturday, White officially announced that Silva will get his rematch with the unbeaten Weidman on December 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The news did not stop there.
At first, White was considering pushing the original December fight between UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate to Super Bowl weekend in February at New Jersey. Instead, White has created a dream fight card.
Rousey and Tate will remain on the December 28 UFC fight card, bumping them down to the co-main event of the evening. The rematch between Silva and Weidman will now be the main event.
This isn’t the first time the UFC has placed two title fights in a single fight card, and it won’t be the last either. However, the buzz over the two scheduled fights have many considering the fight card for December 28 the best in UFC history.
First off, there are two defending title holders who remain unbeaten in their UFC and MMA careers with Rousey (7-0) and Weidan (10-0). For the contenders, you have an all-time UFC legend and pound-for-pound king in Silva (33-5), while Tate (13-4) was one of the more dominant fighters in Strikeforce before Rousey defeated her, and was one third round TKO from Cat Zingano away from being the number one contender. Tate replaced Zingano for both the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title fight and to coach The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 against Rousey after Zingano’s injury forced her withdrawal.
White told ESPN in an exclusive interview and reveal of the rematch Saturday that he has never had as much outpour for a rematch following Silva vs. Weidman in his tenure as UFC President. In fact, White has huge expectations for December 28.
“This will be the biggest fight in UFC history,” White told ESPN. “This is the biggest fight out there.”
As for Rousey, she told USA Today she has no problem being the co-main event on a loaded fight card.
“I’m super stoked about being on the same card as Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman,” Rousey said. “It’ll alleviate some of the promotional stress and pressure because there’ll be more of us working to promote this big card.”
It is unclear at this time who else will be placed on the fight card, but December 28 is expected to be a huge night in UFC history.
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