chris-weidman-18.jpgIn anticipation of UFC 168's year-end championship rematch between newly crowned middleweight champ Chris Weidman and former titleholder Anderson Silva, the UFC is launching a seven-day, seven-city media tour on Sept. 23.

Most of the events, which take place in the U.S. and Brazil, are free and open to fans.

The fighters headline UFC 168, a pay-per-view event that takes place Dec. 28 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) pulled off a shocking upset at UFC 162 in July, when he knocked out Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC), the former pound-for-pound king who ruled the division for nearly seven years.

UFC 168, which also features a title fight between “The Ultimate Fighter 18? coaches Ronda Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), could be the UFC’s biggest event of the year, so expect some serious promotional muscle to be flexed over the next few months.

The full tour schedule includes:

- Monday, Sept. 23: Los Angeles – UFC Gym in Torrance, 4 p.m. PT: Q&A with UFC President Dana White, Weidman and SIlva. Free and open to the public.

- Tuesday, Sept. 24: Las Vegas – MGM Grand main lobby, 11 a.m. PT: Press conference withWhite, Weidman and Silva. Free and open to the public, streamed live on UFC.com.

- Wednesday, Sept. 25: New York City – UFC Gym, 5 p.m. ET: Autograph signing with Weidman and Silva for the first 300 fans.

- Thursday, Sept. 26: Bristol, Conn. – ESPN Press Day

- Friday, Sept. 27: Miami – Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park, 1 p.m. ET: Open workout with Weidman and Silva. Free and open to the public.

- Sunday, Sept. 29: Rio de Janeiro – Clube dos Marimbás, 1 p.m. BRT: Q&A with White, Weidman and Silva. Free and open to the public.

- Monday, Sept. 30 – Sao Paulo – Press conference (location/details forthcoming) with White, Weidman and Silva. Streamed live on UFC.com.

For the latest on UFC 168, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Chris Weidman)

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