Chris Weidman will look to defend his middleweight title for a fourth time when he takes on challenger Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. The UFC announced that the bout will serve as the night’s co-main event with the featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor being the main attraction.
Weidman (13-0) is fresh off a TKO win over long time rival Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in May. The champion had battled multiple injuries which delayed his bout with Belfort for several months but now he seems to be healthy and ready to continue his title reign. Rockhold will be the first time that Weidman will not defend his title against a native of Brazil. His first defense came against Anderson Silva and then he went on to face Lyoto Machida followed by Belfort.
Rockhold (14-2) is riding a four-fight win streak with all fours wins coming by way of knockout or submission. His most recent win came against former champion Lyoto Machida. Rockhold used his size and strength to completely control Machida en route to a second round submission win. After he lost his UFC debut to Vitor Belfort, Rockhold has been on the rise with wins over Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch, and Costas Philippou.
UFC 194 is scheduled to take place on December 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air live on pay-per-view.