Chris Weidman out of title match vs. Luke Rockhold due to injury
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will miss his title rematch against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 due to an injury, according to ESPN.
He will be replaced by UFC veteran Michael Bisping, who is on a three-fight win streak and holds an 0–1 record against Rockhold, UFC president Dana White announced on ESPN.
Weidman’s injury has not been disclosed, however, he will seek multiple medical opinions in the hopes of avoiding surgery.
The fight was scheduled to be his first since he lost the title to Rockhold in a fourth round TKO at UFC 194. If Weidman does undergo surgery, the hope would be for him to return for UFC 205, the first professional MMA card in his home state of New York.
Rockhold, who is 5–1 since joining the UFC from Strikeforce, is making his first title defense.