It's no secret that I am a fan of Chris Weidman. Even though I firmly believe that his victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 168 will be more violent and definitive than that of UFC 162, I would be lying if I said I wasn't interested in the rematch. Yet at the same time, I am filled with a certain amount of apprehension. I'm not a fan of people being given immediate rematches. Even in the case of the fighters I am fond of, they still leave a bad taste in my mouth. The case could be made that even though he was knocked out, Silva's lengthy reign of dominance has lent him the esteem required to request a rematch. However, I fear that is not the driving force behind what will transpire at UFC 168.
Let's not kid ourselves; this is The Anderson Silva Show. Even though Weidman finished Anderson Silva he isn't getting much credit. Despite the fact that many great analysts have explained how Weidman beat Anderson, there are a great many still convinced that Silva threw the fight away. He was beaten by his own hubris, not by anything that Weidman had done. This is the ultimate problem with such a rematch. The focus won't be on what Weidman accomplished, or how Silva will have to adapt. The lead up the this fight will be much the same as any other Anderson Silva fight. We'll be bombarded with an endless stream of comparisons to Shang Tsung and Neo. "Silva by whatever he wants," will proclaim one commenter. "Weidman is too cocky. Silva is going to get into his head," will say another. It will be like nothing ever happened
It doesn't get any better if Weidman wins. I'll give Silva his credit and say that he is capable of beating Weidman. That doesn't mean that his fans aren't delusional. Should Weidman win – worse yet, should Silva look a step slower, or his iron chin a bit rusted – there will be backlash towards Silva. Something I have learned about delusions, is that they don't just go away. Rather than accepting the truth, people find ways to warp facts to accommodate their delusions. If Silva loses again, some will be unable to accept that maybe Weidman is just better. Instead, their anger will turn to Silva. He threw away the first fight when he could've won. Why did he even take to rematch if he wasn't going to try?
They will destroy the man to preserve the myth.