LAS VEGAS -- A blockbuster rematch deserves a blockbuster date.
With the rest of the UFC's pay-per-view 2013 calendar booked, the next available slot for a potential Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva rematch is one of the biggest of the year: Super Bowl Saturday, traditionally one of the most important nights on the UFC calendar.
And UFC president Dana White says that's an idea that makes sense.
"How fast can we turn this around?" White rhetorically asked reporters Saturday night at the MGM Grand. "How about Super Bowl Saturday, in New Jersey, when Fox has the Super Bowl? Just thinking off the top of my head here."
But there's more to it than just the date. The UFC has a hold for Feb. 1 for the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the night before Super Bowl XLVIII, which is being held in nearby E. Rutherford, N.J.
A New York-area show, on the night before a New York-area Super Bowl, featuring a New York-area champion? Against the former champion, who was the longest-reigning champion in history? Sounds like a no brainer.
"Off the top of my head, that makes sense," White said.
The UFC announced a series of blockbuster pay-per-view events to finish off the 2013 schedule, beginning with Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September; Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October in Houston; Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas in November; and Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate at UFC 168 in Las Vegas in December, leaving Feb. 1 the next available pay-per-view date.
White appeared exhausted in talking to reporters after the UFC 162 post-fight press conference, as stunned as everyone else by what went down in the Octagon.
Despite Silva's knockout loss, however, White feels Silva would still be the favorite over Weidman if and when the rematch went down. And despite Silva saying in the Octagon that he doesn't want a rematch, by the post-fight press conference, Silva was already changing his tune, saying that he wants some time to think it over.
"The odds were the lowest they've ever been for an Anderson Silva fight. The next one's going to be very interesting. I think I would have the odds pretty much the same this one for the last one, 2-1 for Silva. I think he'll be 2-1 again."