Luke Rockhold Gets Next Crack At UFC Champ Chris Weidman

Written by Tom Ngo
June 3rd, 2015

UFC Luke Rockhold

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is not a happy camper right now. On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” UFC president Dana White announced Luke Rockhold will get next crack at reigning middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

White didn’t confirm exactly when the two would tango.

Rockhold leapfrogged Souza to the top contender spot when he laid the smackdown on Lyoto Machida in April. The former Strikeforce middleweight champ has rattled off four straight wins since finding himself on the wrong end of a highlight reel KO finish courtesy of Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut.

Weidman owns a perfect 13-0 professional record. He is the only man to own two wins over former 185-pound king Anderson Silva. “All-American” is fresh off last month’s first round TKO victory over Belfort.

This is great news for Rockhold, but Weidman has only fought three times since capturing the title in July 2013 due to a barrage of injuries. So, Rockhold shouldn’t get his hopes up too high.

Souza, meanwhile, has won eight consecutive bouts after losing his Strikeforce title to Rockhold. White didn’t say what’s next for the Brazilian.

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