After some uncertainty it seems that a rematch between former middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman has now been greenlit for UFC 230 in New York City on November 3rd.
“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,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote on Twitter. “Fight was basically agreed to, but Rockhold needed to speak to UFC about his deal. That’s done, and he anticipates signing shortly.
Meanwhile, Weidman has confirmed that he’s “all signed up” for the fight too, paving the way for a second fight between the two, with Rockhold having won the first by TKO in round four back at UFC 194 in 2015 to win the title.
However, Rockhold is now coming off a KO loss to Yoel Romero, while Weidman brought an end to a three-fight losing streak earlier in the year with a submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum.
Nevertheless, Rockhold holds down the No.4 spot in the divisional rankings heading into the fight, while Weidman is just one spot behind at No.5.
Rockhold Vs Weidman 2 joins a UFC 230 card that’s currently expected to be headlined by Nate Diaz Vs Dustin Poirier, while the event also features Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Vs David Branch.