It looks like mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are going to have to wait for the highly-anticipated light heavyweight throw-down between former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Alexander Gustafsson.
The match-up was being discussed to take place at UFC 227 in Los Angeles on August 4th, and it would've been Rockhold's debut at 205 pounds.
He'd be challenging a formidable contender at light heavyweight in The Mauler, who has fought for the coveted 205-pound crown on two separate occasions - both bloody back-and-forth affairs where he came up just short on the judges' scorecards.
Unfortunately, Rockhold has sustained another leg injury and will be out-of-action for the next several months.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reports that, as a result, talks of Rockhold vs. Gustafsson have been put on ice.
Rockhold apparently suffered an injury in training last week. Helwani posted a graphic video in which Rockhold is receiving stitches in his leg. Check them out here (WARNING: content is very graphic):
The Californian was last seen inside the Octagon at UFC 221 when he was knocked out by Yoel Romero. Now, the Cuban will challenge Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title next month.
He hopes to return sometime around October at the earliest, and fans are hoping that a fight with Gustafsson will still be on the table.
The Swede has not been seen since dismantling fellow former light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira in May of last year.
A Scrambled Division
Currently the light heavyweight division is in a bit of a flux. Current title-holder Daniel Cormier still reigns as champion despite the fact that he lost to Jon Jones at UFC 214 last July.
DC was knocked out in the third round, however, Jones later failed a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and was reinstated as champion as the result was overturned to a No Contest.
Cormier bounced back by successfully defending the title against Volkan Oezdemir, defeating the Swede via second round TKO.
He will now jump up to heavyweight in hopes of becoming a dual-weight champion, when he takes on Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title.
That fight goes down on July 7th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV). It should be interesting to see how things shake out for light heavyweight in the months to come.
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