On Saturday’s UFC 228 broadcast, a rematch between the two former middleweight champions was officially announced for UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout was first reported by ESPN.
Weidman (14-3) lost the UFC middleweight title to Rockhold at UFC 194 back in December 2015, but was unable to work his way back to a rematch after dropping his next two contests to Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi. Hailing from Baldwin, N.Y., the 34-year-old Weidman ended his losing skid with a third-round arm-triangle submission of Kelvin Gastelum in July of last year.
This will also be a chance for Rockhold (16-4) to get back on track. In his first defense of the middleweight belt, Rockhold, 33, was knocked out in the first round by Michael Bisping. He won his next fight against David Branch, but would again lose by knockout when he faced Yoel Romero at UFC 221.
Rockhold has discussed a potential move to light heavyweight, but it appears that he will settle his beef with Weidman first.