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It has been reported for a number of weeks now that a matchup
between former
Ultimate Fighting Championship
middleweight champions Luke
Rockhold
and Chris
Weidman
was in the works for UFC 230 in November at Madison
Square Garden, New York although nothing has been made official
yet.

The pair previously met back in December 2015 at UFC 194 where
Rockhold knocked out then-champion Weidman. Weidman has been
sidelined for over a year now with a nagging injury as a result of
a torn ligament he suffered in his thumb. “The All-American” last
featured inside the Octagon in July 2017 where he snapped a
three-fight losing streak by defeating Kelvin
Gastelum
.

Rockhold last fought back in February at UFC 221 for the interim
UFC middleweight title against Yoel Romero.
Romero missed weight for the fight ruling him out of contention for
the title but managed to put the disappointment behind him to knock
out Rockhold in the third round.

Rockhold spoke to reporters at an event with his sponsor American
Ethanol and said the only reason he’s not already signed a rematch
bout against Weidman in November is because he wants a better
contract (via MMAJunkie.com).

“No pen to paper. Of course it’s intriguing. Madison Square Garden
vs. Weidman – (I’m) No. 2, he’s No. 3 (in the official UFC
rankings). It’s a pretty clear-cut fight. You go out there and do
the job at Madison Square… it’s fun, it’s sexy. You’ve got to show
me the right contract. I don’t need to do anything. Business is
good. We’re doing business everywhere. I’ve got a lot of things
going on. When you show me the right contract, I’ll sign the right
contract.”

At this stage, UFC 230 only has a co-main event, featuring
lightweights Dustin
Poirier
and Nate Diaz.


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