This week on UFC Central: Silva gets his rematch

Chris Weidman, left, connected hard on Anderson Silva during UFC 162 but Silva had his moments. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty)
July 16, 2013, 12:19 AM

This week on UFC Central…

After one of the most shocking knockouts in UFC history Anderson Silva stunned everyone by stating in the post-fight interview he no longer wanted the belt or a rematch. How things turn in a hurry as “The Spider” has drastically changed his tune asking for the shot sooner rather than later.
UFC president Dana White wasted little time granting the former champ his wish setting up Weidman vs. Silva 2 for the UFC’s annual year end show. The highly anticipated rematch will go down Dec. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

It looks like Anthony Pettis will get his wish after all. With a concussion suffered in training, knocking Cole Harbour, N.S.’s TJ Grant out of his UFC 164 title bout against champ Benson Henderson, “Showtime” will get his chance to capture ufc gold in front of his hometown crowd in Milwaukee on August 31. Of course Pettis defeated Henderson at the final WEC show back in December of 2010 to become the final WEC lightweight champion.

Plus, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is setting the standard for drug testing in MMA. In hopes of cleaning up the sport, GSP has stated he will allow VADA to do his testing going into his title fight in November. The champ has also extended the invitation to challenger Johny Hendricks with “The Bigg Rigg” gladly accepting the offer. The two will square off on Nov. 16.

And we take light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson through the ringer riding the biggest and fastest roller coasters Canada’s Wonderland has to offer. How will “The Mauler” stack up against the Vortex, the Behometh and the Levithan?

Find out Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet 360 as Canadian lightweight Mike Ricci joins Showdown Joe Ferraro on this week’s episode of UFC Central.

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