Chris Weidman Out Of UFC 199 Rematch With Luke Rockhold

Written by Tom Ngo
May 17th, 2016


An undisclosed injury has forced Chris Weidman (pictured) out of his immediate rematch against current middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

Multiple credible MMA outlets have confirmed Weidman’s withdrawal, though the UFC has yet to address the situation.

It is believed the UFC is currently scouring its roster to find Rockhold a new opponent for the June 4 event. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Michael Bisping are the early front-runner to land the gig.

Rockhold handed Weidman the first defeat of his professional career in December at UFC 194 to take the
middleweight crown.

No word on how long Weidman will be forced to ride the pine.

UFC 199 takes place inside the Forum in Inglewood, California. A trilogy between bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber is currently the show’s co-featured attraction, so the UFC could easily bump the 135-pounders to top billing if they’re unable to locate a replacement for Weidman.

Here is the card’s current lineup:

John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad

Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes

Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson

Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic

Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne

Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega

Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos

Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green

Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas

Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard

BJ Penn vs. Cole Miller

Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz (UFC bantamweight champion)

Luke Rockhold (UFC middleweight champion) vs. TBD

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