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UFC 230: Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman collide again

Former UFC middleweight champions No. 2  Luke Rockhold (16-4-0) and No. 3 Chris Weidman (14-3-0) will rematch at UFC 230.

Weidman, 34, confirmed the matchup on his Twitter account. He snapped a three-fight losing skid with a submission win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 last July. Injuries have kept him on the shelf since then, but an impressive win over Rockhold could launch him back into the conversation for a title shot. He lost the belt to Rockhold at UFC 194.

Meanwhile, ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto tweeted that Rockhold, 33, has not only agreed to the fight, but a new contract.

Rockhold has lost two of his last three fights, including a TKO loss to Yoel Romero – who is also on the card taking on Paulo Costa – in his last bout at UFC 221 in February. He did have a light heavyweight fight lined up with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227, but it fell through due to a Rockhold leg injury.

UFC 230 is set for November 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Other scheduled matches include:

Yoel Romero (13-3-0) vs. Paulo Costa (12-0-0)

Dustin Poirier (24-5-0, 1NC) vs. Nate Diaz (19-11-0)

Lyman Good (19-4-0) vs. Sultan Aliev (14-3-0)

Luke Rockhold (16-4-0) vs. Chris Weidman (14-3-0)

Derek Brunson (18-6-0) vs. Israel Adesanya (14-0-0)

Chris Weidman (14-3-0) vs. Luke Rockhold (16-4-0)

Ronaldo Souza (25-6-0) vs. David Branch (22-4-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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