Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-3) and his somewhat arch-rival, Luke Rockhold (16-4), are set to clash again at UFC 230 in November. UFC 230 takes place November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York, so it is very much in Weidman’s back-yard.
Rockhold stopped Weidman with a fourth-round TKO to win the title back at UFC 194 in December 2015. When Weidman returned 11 months later, he was brutally knocked out with a flying knee from Yoel Romero at UFC 205.
Rockhold only held the title he won against Weidman for six short months and lost the belt in his first title defence when he was knocked out by short notice replacement Michael Bisping. After 15 a month hiatus, Rockhold returned and stopped David Branch with a second-round TKO in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event. But at UFC 221 earlier this year, with a chance to win the interim middleweight title, he was knocked out by Romero in the third round.
Weidman has not fought in a year since he snapped a three-fight skid with a third-round submission of Kelvin Gastelum in the UFC on FOX 26 main event in front of his home fans on Long Island. A hand injury and recovery have kept him from competing in recent months.
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