UFC president Dana White was asked about the reason for not including former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and new champ Chris Weidman on the UFC World Tour.
The tour features eight of the fighters competing in the final four UFC pay-per-views of the year, but only Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are not cast in the main event.
Rousey, the UFC female bantamweight champion, and Tate were the original UFC 168 main event, but that slot now belongs to Weidman and Silva.
“He is down in Brazil and will be for a month doing all these things with sponsors,” White said. “Then he goes to Japan to do a bunch of stuff and he will get back just in time to get into camp for Weidman.”
White stated that they knew this ahead of Weidman’s win over Silva earlier this month. He made an off-hand joke when asked where Silva and Weidman were at, saying, “Brazil and New York.”