Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II Could Replace Rousey vs. Tate at UFC 168

Christopher HeathmanCorrespondent IIJuly 8, 2013

Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Chris Weldman (blue shorts) hugs  Anderson Silva after their Middleweight Chamionship Bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chris Weidman defeated Anderson in a TKO in the second round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC President Dana White is reportedly considering replacing Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate at UFC 168 with the rematch between newly-crowned middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.

White told L.A. Times' Lance Pugmire he is thinking of moving the rematch to the UFC's traditional year end event, which takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Dec. 28. MMA Junkie later confirmed with a UFC official of White's intentions.

The bout between The Ultimate Fighter coaches Rousey and Tate was only recently added to the end of year card, but this title fight would now move to Super Bowl weekend in New Jersey. Rousey is the current Women's Bantamweight champion.

Despite White's excitement over a possible rematch, there is still doubt over whether Silva will still take the rematch with Weidman. In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Silva seemed sure he would not fight for the belt again.

"I [don't] fight more for the belt," Silva said. "My legacy for the belt is finished tonight."

However, White is sure after a few weeks the former 185 pound champion and pound-for-pound king will come around and want a chance to regain the belt.

At a post-fight media scrum, White said, "Anderson plays a lot of things off publicly, the guy went on this win streak because he's an amazing competitor and an amazing talent. He's going to want to redeem himself."