By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Luke Rockhold (14-2 MMA) will be the next man to challenge current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-0 MMA) for the title.
UFC President Dana White announced the news on yesterday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”
No date or venue was revealed, but Dana White was clear that Rockhold would be the next title challenger:
“We don’t have that fight set up yet, we don’t know when it’s going to be, but that will be the fight,” White said. “Luke Rockhold will get the next shot at the title.”
The news will come as a disappointment to fellow middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (22-3 MMA), who will now have to wait or add another victory to his already impressive eight-fight win streak, this in order to receive his long-awaited title shot.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Vitor Belfort, which he earned at last month’s UFC 187 event in Las Vegas. Prior to that, the undefeated “All-American” defeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida via unanimous decision in July of 2014.
Meanwhile, Luke Rockhold was most recently seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX 15 event, where he earned a second-round submission victory over the aforementioned former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. That victory extended Rockhold’s current win streak to four in a row, as he had previously scored wins over Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou respectively.
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