Wednesday, December 1, 2021

UFC Confirms Opponent For Luke Rockhold’s First UFC Middleweight Title Defense

In addition to announcing that the Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones rematch is expected to take place in April and revealing that November is when Ronda Rousey will likely challenge for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title against the winner of the Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate fight in March, Dana White confirmed who will get the first shot at new UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold this year.

The UFC President appeared on FOX Sports 1’s “Garbage Time” on Wednesday and officially announced Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman II will take place in June.

As seen in the clip embedded above, White spoke with FS1’s Katie Nolan and broke the story during his appearance on the show.

Rockhold defeated Weidman to become UFC’s new 185-pound champion in the co-main event of UFC 194 in December of 2015. His rematch against Weidman in June will be his first chance to prove he is the legitimate king of the UFC Middleweight division.

While White announced that the Rockhold-Weidman rematch is expected to take place at UFC 199 in June, there is currently no word regarding the exact date or venue UFC is targeting for the event.

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