UFC 199 Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold rematch cancelled
Last night, it was announced that Chris Weidman won’t be getting his rematch against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Weidman has been forced out of the fight due to an injury. The injury hasn’t been announced of what it could be, but UFC is looking for a replacement for the title match. By today or tomorrow, expect the UFC to have that opponent figured out.
Going into the first fight with Rockhold, apparently Weidman said that he had a broken foot, but it wasn’t the reason he lost the fight. Weidman lasted four rounds with Rockhold and the match was good enough that it deserved a rematch, especially with Weidman being injured during it. Also, Rockhold fought with a staph infection, while less serious than a broken bone, he still had a disadvantage as well going into the title fight.
For Weidman’s injury, sources close to him have said he is looking for multiple options on what to do medically and he hopes to avoid surgery, so who knows what could be wrong with Weidman, but if he hopes to avoid surgery it could be serious. If the injury does require surgery though, Weidman and his team plan to schedule the rematch or a title fight with the new champion at UFC 205 in November, giving him 5 months to heal and get better.
While this rematch is ruled out, could another rise to the occasion?
Now that the rematch has been cancelled, Rockhold will be looking for a new opponent on short notice, giving both fighters a little bit of a disadvantage. Two people who could challenge for the title are Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Michael Bisping.
Jacare just fought at UFC 198 and had a decisive victory over Vitor Belfort, the man who gave Rockhold his first loss in the UFC. Jacare has fought Rockhold before, losing to him on a unanimous decision during a Strikeforce title fight in 2011. Jacare did just fight, so having him fight in back to back PPV shows could be a lot on him, even though he did only win in one round.
Michael Bisping is the other option for a replacement. He is on a three fight winning streak and off a controversial win over Anderson Silva back in February. He has never had a title shot, so giving him one isn’t a bad idea. Also, this would be rematch as well, just not as big as Weidman. Rockhold beat Bisping the first time they fought.
Bisping had this to say about the chance to fight at UFC 199
— michael (@bisping) May 17, 2016