If Anderson Silva loses to Chris Weidman on Saturday night, not only would it end Silva's incredible string of title defenses and snap his 16-0 UFC record, but it would also bring up the question of who Weidman would fight in his first title defense. According to Dana White (via MMA Junkie), Silva would be entitled to an immediate rematch:
"I'd do the rematch the next fight."
"Guy hasn't lost in the UFC ever, has beat everybody. He loses that fight, he's the guy for a rematch if he wants it."
Of course, if Silva does give Weidman his first career loss, a "superfight" is possibly in the cards.
Should "The Spider" continue to reign and defend his belt for the 11th time, White said a superfight could be next.
That would mean Silva would face light heavyweight champ Jon Jones or welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. White said the Brazilian champ hasn't cooled on a meeting with St-Pierre, as he indicated during a conference call this past week in support of Saturday's pay-per-view event at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
"He's on board to fight either one of them," said the executive.
Honestly I wouldn't think of too many reasons to object to this idea. Middleweight is not lacking in depth compared to the heavyweight division, but it is not necessarily primed with a long list of contenders. Aside from Silva and Weidman, only Vitor Belfort, Costa Philippou, and Yushin Okami are ranked in the top 10 and have won at least their last 2 UFC fights.
White has floated around the Silva vs. Jones or Silva vs. GSP "superfight" about 2,000 times in the past year, and there's not really a reason to believe that will be Silva's next fight, but I think most MMA fans would be eager to see at least one of the two.
What do you think? Should Silva get an immediate rematch if he loses to Weidman?