One UFC fighter is not interested in having a rematch with Chris Weidman.
That fighter is former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, who won the title when he beat Weidman to a bloody fourth round TKO at UFC 196 in December 2015. Since that bout, the title had changed hands when Rockhold dropped the belt to current champion Michael Bisping at UFC 199, six months later.
As of this writing, Rockhold and Weidman are not in consideration for the next title shot. As for the reason, it’s pretty simple. Bisping is set to fight former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in November in New York City.
Many people believe that a rematch between Rockhold and Weidman could be made by UFC President Dana White. If the fight is made, then it could have title implications. It would be a logical move for the UFC to make this fight.
Rockhold was recently asked by Ariel Helwani if there would be a chance for it to happen. Rockhold was not too keen on the idea, as seen below.
“For his sake, I hope not,” the former champion said on Monday’s MMA Hour episode (via MMA Fighting). Weidman looked better than I’ve seen him in a long time. He definitely got something back together, and we’ll see. He did fight Kelvin Gastelum, he did fight a 170-pounder, so we’ll see.”
Following Weidman’s recent win over Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 last month, he immediately called out Bisping for a shot at the title. This was a move that Rockhold found quite absurd due to Weidman’s recent three-fight skid.
“He’s a bit delusional at times. He just lost three in a row, so for him to think he’s the champion is pretty far from,” Rockhold said. “But he looked decent.”
Rockhold is expected to face former WSOF Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion David Branch on September 16, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 116 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This event will be the third that the UFC has hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Time will tell what the UFC ends up doing with Weidman for his next bout. They could go with Weidman vs. Rockhold or book him against another opponent.
What are your thoughts on the promotion attempting to book a rematch between these two former champions? Is this a good or bad idea? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.