The UFC continues to stack what may be the biggest card of the year as they have announced Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold for Weidman’s UFC Middleweight Championship will take place at UFC 194 on December 12. Already featuring Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo clashing for the featherweight belt, UFC 194 looks like a mirror of the company’s July card: double main-event, two title fights, probably a million PPV buys.
At least this one is in December when visiting Vegas won’t physically suck.
Somewhat surprising is this announcement in that the company has so many PPVs to run and this could easily headline a show on its own. Or give added depth and gravitas to another show (see: anything with Mighty Mouse). The return on investment for stacking UFC 194 with this fight is lesser than elsewhere. On the other hand, it does help make the show as a whole feel that much more important. For the UFC, knowing that the show will get a large amount of mainstream press and attention, there is long term benefit in putting your best foot forward when the most casual audience is watching. In other words: doing the opposite of boxing.
This officially leaves Jacare and Romero as the odd men out and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the two were slated for that same card – or a nearby card – as insurance in case of injury to Rockhold.
Naturally, HALFGUARDED.com will cover this fight. Because that’s kind of what we do.