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Report: Luke Rockhold withdraws from UFC 230 co-main event due to injury

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A co-main event clash between former UFC middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman is off the table for UFC 230.

According to a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto (shown below), Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from next months pay-per-view (PPV) card in New York City due to injury. The UFC is currently working to shuffle bouts around as Rockhold’s rematch with Weidman was a focal point of the card.

This is more bad news for a UFC 230 card which lost its original co-main event between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier earlier month after “Diamond” pulled out with a nagging hip injury.

Per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the promotion is hoping to keep Weidman on the card. The former UFC middleweight champion and New York native is a big selling point for the Madison Square Garden event. A possible replacement for Rockhold is Brazilian veteran Jacare Souza, who is currently scheduled to fight David Branch at UFC 230.

If UFC is in fact targeting a new bout between Weidman and Souza, it seems like Branch will be hung out to dry. It’s a cruel reality, but ultimately the name of the game when a slew of injuries riddle what was supposed to be one of the biggest cards of 2018.

UFC 230 will take place on Nov. 3 and feature a heavyweight title fight between current champion Daniel Cormier and streaking knockout artist Derrick Lewis.

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