A key fight rumored for UFC 205 has now finally been made official, with former middleweight champion Chris Weidman set to lock horns with Yoel Romero.
The fight had been reported to be in the works recently, but it was conspicuous by it’s absence when the UFC confirmed a number of fights for the historic card at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12th.
Speaking on the latest edition of the ‘UFC Unfiltered’ podcast, Dana White revealed that the reason for the hold-up was unfinished business that Weidman felt he had with former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
“[Weidman] and Lorenzo have a really good relationship,” White said. “It’s almost like, when Lorenzo left there was no closure with some stuff they were working on, so I called Lorenzo today – those two are going to get together and get ‘the closure’ we need for Chris Weidman.”
That all sounds a bit cryptic, but whatever behind-the-scenes dealings Weidman had to resolve with Fertitta, it appears that’s now swiftly been taken care of, paving the way for Weidman Vs Romero to be made official for the show.
That’s good news as the middleweight clash is one of the best match-ups on the stacked card, and it would have been odd to have the much anticipated NYC event without Weidman on-board, given that the native New Yorker had campaigned hard alongside the UFC to get the sport legalized there.