Reports are floating around that Chris Weidman is injured and will not be fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The exact injury isn’t out yet but rumors are he broke his hand. Though this is all preliminary and probably comes from someone’s cousin’s girlfriend’s best friend’s hairdresser buuuuuuut let’s mindlessly speculate anyways. No word on the replacement yet, if one will even be found, but Jacare just came off a dominant win, took no damage, and could be ready for Rockhold (in theory). The UFC has roughly 3 weeks to find a fill in.
Weidman vs Rockhold was a rematch of their FOTY candidate from last December and it sucks this fight won’t happen. Lucky for the UFC, the card is still stacked, with Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber already slated as a semi-main event and talent like BJ Penn, Max Holloway, Dan Henderson, and Hector Lombard all already fighting. In that sense, the UFC doesn’t need to find a replacement, as the show should draw well as is. Nonetheless, Rockhold rematching Jacare would be intriguing. The first time they fought, Rockhold beat Jacare to win the Strikeforce Middleweight title and so Jacare looking for revenge in a similar manner would be interesting. It wouldn’t be as big of a fight as Weidman but it would still be a pretty big fight.
(Or maybe Bisping…)
We’ll update this post with more news as it happens.
Update: Others are confirming it. AFTER we did – we win!
For now, the full UFC 199 card is as follows.
Middleweight Luke Rockhold (c) vs. Chris Weidman for the UFC Middlweight Championship???
- Bantamweight Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Urijah Faber for the UFC Bantamweight Championship
- Featherweight Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
- Middleweight Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
- Lightweight Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green
- Featherweight B.J. Penn vs. Cole Miller
- Featherweight Brian Ortega vs. Clay Guida
- Lightweight Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick
- Women’s Strawweight Jessica Penne vs. Jessica Andrade
- Welterweight Sean Strickland vs. Tom Breese
- Light Heavyweight Jonathan Wilson vs. Luiz Henrique da Silva
- Middleweight Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
- Lightweight Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim