A rematch is reportedly on the line
According to an ESPN report, a rematch between former middleweight champions Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is close to happening in New York for UFC 230. There is not yet any confirmation from the promotion though.
In December of 2015, these two middleweights fought for the first time for the 185-pound title at UFC 194. In 2016, the two were set for another bout at UFC 199, but Weidman got injured out of it, costing him his chance at regaining the gold.
Now, they are reportedly clashing anew on a pay-per-view event on November 3, inside Madison Square Garden.
Chris Weidman Vs Luke Rockhold
Rockhold defeated Weidman via fourth-round TKO on their initial brawl. Now, he’s coming off a knockout loss against Yoel Romero in an interim title bout at UFC 221.
The San Jose-born even halted his supposed shift to 205-pound weight class in favour of the Weidman rematch.
Weidman, on the other hand, hasn’t fought after defeating Kevin Gastelum via submission in July of last year. A thumb injury from such bout kept him sidelined for a while.
UFC 230 has no main card set yet but it will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Currently, Rockhold is one spot ahead of Weidman at No. 4 on USA Today’s MMA middleweight rankings.
Rockhold was able to keep the middleweight title he won against Weidman for six months. He lost it on his first title defence against Michael Bisping with a first-round knockout.
Bisping took the bout on short notice at UFC 199 when Weidman was pulled out of it.
Here is a highlight video on Rockhold and Weidman’s UFC 194 clash:
The Madison Square Garden card already contains another high-level middleweight fight between two of Rockhold’s former opponents: David Branch and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.