Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Rematch Announced for UFC 168

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2013

Jul 5, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dana White (center) separates Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman (right) at today's weighs-in for their UFC fight at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Silva takes on Weidman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena July 6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC 168 just became one of the most highly anticipated cards in history with the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman serving as the main event.  

On SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White announced the decision to have the high-profile grudge match headline the Dec. 28 show, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. 

As if the rematch between the newly crowned middleweight champion and former pound-for-pound kingpin weren't enough, a women's bantamweight title match between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate will serve as the co-main event, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. 

The UFC couldn't end 2013 with a bigger, better card. Fresh off Weidman's shocking win over "The Spider" at UFC 162, White was quick to say that the rematch would be the biggest fight in UFC history

Paired with a championship bout between Rousey and Tate, who will be coaching against each other in the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighterthe card could outperform the most successful UFC pay-per-view of all time, UFC 100. 

According to MMA Payout Blue Book, UFC 100 reached 1.6 million buys thanks in large part to two championship defenses from Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre. 

The bout between Rousey and Tate will also be a grudge match. Rousey won the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title against Tate before they joined the UFC. Rousey beat Tate by first-round armbar, the same way that she has defeated all of her opponents en route to a perfect 7-0 record. 

With a full season of The Ultimate Fighter to hype up the co-main, one of the sport's biggest stars attempting to come back from his first ever knockout loss and a nice end-of-the-year date, there's no doubt that this card won't fail to generate plenty of buzz.