Dana White: “Vitor is just going to have to wait.”
Former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva was adamant about avoiding a second in-ring encounter with new title-holder Chris Weidman in the moments after their main event match-up had concluded, stating he was tired of wearing the divisional crown. However, ask him for his opinion behind closed doors after he’s had a chance to let the defeat soak in and the answer is likely to be different.
UFC President Dana White spoke to MMAJunkie about Silva’s state of mind after stumbling at UFC 162, offering up his assurance that “The Spider” will seek a rematch with Weidman at some point in the future.
“Nobody wants to lose, and he doesn’t know how to lose. He doesn’t remember how to lose. It’s been too long since he lost. This one’s going to sink in a few days after,” assessed White. “Anderson plays a lot of things off publicly. The guy went on this win streak because he’s an amazing competitor and is an amazing talent. He’s going to want to redeem himself.”
Though Vitor Belfort may be a more-deserving contender on paper, White still sees Silva as the first challenger in Weidman’s reign based on his brilliant run with the belt.
“Anderson Silva has gone undefeated since 2006 and has beat everybody and held the title. He deserves the rematch. I mean, Chris Weidman said that before he even fought him. Vitor is just going to have to wait,” said White. “He’s not getting the rematch. He can text. He can Tweet. He can write f*cking letters. He can call his congressman. He can do whatever he wants to do. He’s going to have to wait. Anderson Silva is getting the rematch.”
If Silva sticks to his guns he could end up facing Roy Jones Jr., but super-fights with Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones are now off the table. Otherwise, it appears Super Bowl Weekend in 2014 could host Silva’s shot at redemption at an event also conveniently being held in Weidman’s proverbial backyard of New Jersey.