Anderson Silva has had a rough couple of months. After losing his title to Chris Weidman in July, his first defeat in seven years, Silva has had to deal with a veritable legion of fans critiquing his decisions in that fight. According to Dana White, he’s even lost support in his home country of Brazil.
“I was kind of feeling for him coming into Brazil. He was getting a lot of criticism coming here,” White said during a recent media scrum. “This is his country. He’s been f—ing fighting for this country forever. He goes out and he loses one fight, the way that it went down, and like everybody turns on you. In one fight? After all the things he’s done and all the things he’s accomplished? I’m sure it’s tough to deal with, but he’s handled it like a champ. You don’t ever see Anderson Silva snap or flip out on people. I do, daily, but you don’t see him do it. He always composes himself like a champion and a good dude.”
Anderson Silva will get a chance to redeem himself, and hopefully win back his fans in Brazil, in a rematch set for UFC 168 in December. The rematch stems from the UFC 162 loss Silva suffered at the hands of Weidman, which was the first loss since the Brazilian came to the octagon in 2006.
In the week following the first fight, there was doubt that Silva would want a rematch. The week leading into their July main event, Silva made comments about not wanting a rematch if he loses, as he was tired of the pressures of being champion.
According to White, Silva got over the heartbreak of losing and a week later agreed to the rematch, which will headline the Dec. 28 pay-per-view. The co-main event for the card is a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.