Dana White has never been accused of a failure to think big. He’s long daydreamed out loud about a UFC show in Cowboys Stadium near Dallas, Texas. In 2009, it was a dream match between then UFC Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and ex-Pride champ Fedor Emelianenko. This time it’s the rematch between Anderson Silva and the man who knocked him out last Saturday at UFC 162, Chris Weidman.
Dana spoke to The New York Post:
White plans on calling Silva on Thursday to discuss a rematch. He says it will be the biggest fight in UFC history and is considering holding it at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, which has a capacity of 105,000.
Doing it on Super Bowl weekend – the UFC has a show in New Jersey the night before the game at MetLife Stadium – has been ruled out, because he believes a fight of that magnitude should stand on its own. White says it could still happen this year, though it is unlikely with an already packed slate of events on the UFC’s calendar through December.
For his part Silva also wants the fight to take place in 2013. Per MMA Fighting:
According to sources very close to the former UFC middleweight champion, Silva changed his tune about not fighting Weidman again just hours after he was knocked out by Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The sources said they have never seen Silva so motivated to fight someone, and that a little over 24 hours after the loss Silva was jokingly wishing the rematch could happen this week. That’s how badly he wants to avenge his loss to Weidman.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the rematch has yet to be announced by the UFC, said Silva’s preference would be to fight Weidman again this year, not in February, as has been discussed by UFC president Dana White.
Keep an eye on Bloody Elbow for updates as they develop.
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