UFC president Dana White has been talking about pairing new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former champ Anderson Silva together again this year.
While Silva continued to say no to rematch talks immediately following the loss at UFC 162, White believes in these days away from the bout, “The Spider” will have had a change of heart.
“I’m flying to L.A. next week to talk to Silva,” said White, in an interview with NBC Sports Radio. “Anderson Silva is going to get knocked out again by reality in a few days and he is going to want to do this fight again.”
Previously, White mentioned UFC 168 and the year-end event as a possible destination for the rematch. However, he backtracked and stated that Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will remain in the main event slot for that card.
“I’m looking to do the rematch this year,” White said. “There is going to be a rematch. There is no way we don’t do this rematch.”
The UFC has set up their pay-per-view schedule for the remainder of the year with championship main events. They could pair two titles up on one card, but the fight going down in 2014 seem more logical at the moment.