As the rumor mill had long been suggesting, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (pictured) will perform in his hometown against Yoel Romero at UFC 205.
The UFC confirmed the matchup Tuesday via Twitter.
Madison Square Garden in New York hosts the November 12 event.
Weidman, who had helped the UFC lobby to get MMA legalized in New York for the past couple of years, was a no-brainer to appear in the show. “All-American” will be looking to bounce back from the lone blemish on his resume that cost him his belt to Luke Rockhold.
Although he was hoping for an immediate rematch with Rockhold in the NYC, a victory over another top tier 185-pounder will certainly help his cause for a title tilt in his next outing.
Romero hasn’t been seen since taking a split decision victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on December 12 at UFC 194. He was fortunate to receive only a six-month suspension after testing positive for the growth hormone Ibutamoren in January’s random drug exam.
Romero denied any wrongdoing from the jump and was able to prove that one of the supplements he was taking was contaminated.
“The Sodlier of God” will be riding a seven-fight winning streak into the pivotal tango.
Here is the card’s current roster:
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Gian Villante
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
Karolina Kowalkiewicz Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC strawweight champion)
Stephen Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley (UFC welterweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez (UFC lightweight champion)