Former UFC middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman will fight at UFC 230 after all.
Per a report by Brett Okamoto (shown below), Rockhold has come to terms with UFC to fight Weidman on Nov. 3 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. This comes after Rockhold said the middleweight rematch was off the table because UFC couldn’t afford him.
I guess the promotion paid up.
Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) has informed me he and the UFC have come to terms for the Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) fight on 11/3 in NYC. Fight was basically agreed to, but Rockhold needed to speak to UFC about his deal. That's done, and he anticipates signing shortly.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 18, 2018
While this is great news for fight fans wanting to see the rematch from UFC 194, which Rockhold won via fourth-round TKO to claim the 185-pound title, it’s even better news for the promotion. UFC 230 doesn’t even have a main event at this time, as Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier will serve as the co-main event, so the card needed a big-time draw like Rockhold vs. Weidman 2.
As for the fight itself, both middleweights have a lot to prove. Rockhold has lost two out of his last three bouts via knockout and hasn’t looked the same since Michael Bisping took him out in 2016, while Weidman’s recent injury struggles have fight fans questioning his potential as a 34-year-old former champion.
It should be a telling reboot.
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