The UFC Middleweight division appears to be on the cusp of a major shuffle come November, as UFC 230 will not only see a clash between Jacaré Souza and former WSOF phenom David Branch, but also, first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, a mouth watering rematch between former title holders Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, who will lock horns once more after their UFC 194 title tilt.
Former Strikeforce ace Rockhold was expected to make a move to 205lbs after his devastating knockout defeat to Olympian Yoel Romero, but after a match up with Alexander Gustafssson failed to come to fruition, it would appear that the AKA product has decided to remain at his old stomping ground and is finally set to meet long time foe Chris Weidman once again.
Feeling hard done by in his quest to reclaim the Middleweight crown, ‘The All American’ was overlooked by the promotion’s match makers in favour of a Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum clash and Ultimate Fighter season, despite Weidman submitting the fast rising Gastelum in his most recent Octagon walk. The win was however, Weidman’s first in his last four outings with his 3 fight losing streak beginning with his last fight with Rockhold.
Weidman looked to defend his title for a fourth time when he first met Rockhold back in December of 2015, not only losing his title but also his undefeated professional record in the process. An abundance of body kicks from Rockhold and a miscued wheel kick attempt from Chris ultimately saw ‘The All American’ taken down where he was worn down before eventually being stopped by strikes at the hands of the Californian.
UFC 230 will take place on November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.