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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva rematch lands in Las Vegas at UFC 168

Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate will now serve as the main event on Dec. 28 card

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Chris Weidman finishes off Anderson Silva during their middleweight title fight at UFC 162 Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Weidman upset Silva with a second round knockout, taking the belt Silva has held since 2006.

UFC 162 - Weidman vs. Silva

Chris Weidman celebrates his victory over Anderson Silva after their middleweight title fight at UFC 162 Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Weidman upset Silva with a second round knockout, taking the belt Silva has held since 2006. Launch slideshow »

Just as UFC President Dana White predicted, Anderson Silva reversed course on his feelings about a rematch with middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

The swiftness of Silva’s change in opinion is the only part White didn’t expect. Less than a week after losing for the first time in 17 fights in the UFC, Silva asked for the rematch Weidman wanted to grant him all along.

His request was officially granted Saturday afternoon. White announced on "Sportscenter" that Silva vs. Weidman II would take place in the main event of UFC 168, scheduled for Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"I don't know if there's any more hype ever in UFC history after a fight," White said. "Everybody has been wondering if there's going to be a rematch. I've been working on it since Thursday.”

The long-time Brazilian champion initially insisted he had no interest in facing Weidman again after the New York native humbled him with a second-round TKO at UFC 158 last Saturday. White was confident Silva would re-evaluate once he got home and felt the sting of losing set in.

Bingo. Oddsmakers have already chimed in too, setting Silva as a minus-160 (risking $1.60 to win $1) to defeat Weidman, who comes back at plus-130 (risking $1 to win $1.30), the second time around.

Many felt Silva beat himself a week ago, clowning around to a degree blatant enough that it allowed Weidman an opportunity to catch him. Weidman is motivated to prove his victory was no fluke.

The previously announced main event, another rematch, between women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will shift into the co-main event role. With two title fights, UFC 168 could set pay-per-view records for the world’s largest fight promotion.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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  1. Right to the KISSER!