Two of the best Middleweights on the planet will lock horns once again.
After successfully winning the title back in December against Chris Weidman at UFC 194, new champion Luke Rockhold will make his first title defense against the former undefeated title holder in June at UFC 199.
The news broke first on Katie Nolan’s show Garbage Time when UFC President Dana White made the announcement Wednesday. However. no exact date or venue has been announced.
Luke Rockhold (15-2, 5-1 in UFC) last won the title at UFC 194 against Weidman in their first meeting where he won via TKO in the fourth round. The fight was a closely contested affair within the first two and half rounds. In the third round, Rockhold began to pick up momentum before Weidman would throw a poorly timed spinning back kick that would lead to a scrambled takedown from Rockhold who would quickly find mount, which lead to a series of unanswered punches that referee Herb Dean surprisingly allowed on until the bell would save Weidman. However, the damage was done and Rockhold would finish the job in the very next round. Rockhold has since called for a rematch with the only man to hand him defeat inside the Octagon in Vitor Belfort. Belfort however is now scheduled to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in May. That, along with Yoel Romero reportedly under suspicion for violating the USADA Anti-Doping policy in an out-of-competition test, that leaves only Weidman left as the next logical contender.
Weidman (13-1, 9-1 in UFC) whose undefeated streak was crushed by Rockhold at UFC 194, stated in multiple interviews following the fight that he was determined to come back as soon as possible in an effort to reclaim his title. Weidman accounted for a succession of reasons as to what he felt was still a decent performance, though certainly not his best. Prior to his loss to Rockhold, Weidman had defended his title three times against the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort.
As stated, no date or venue has been announced for UFC 199. Stay tuned for more news as this develops.