The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to keep Rockhold on the card, which will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Rockhold is looking to defend his 185-pound title for the first time since he claimed the belt in a fourth-round finish of Weidman via TKO at UFC 194 in December.
Weidman (13-1) will have to wait a little longer to avenge the first loss of his professional career. Following the loss, Weidman admitted that he went into the Rockhold fight with a broken foot, but he was adamant he didn’t view the injury as an excuse. Rockhold, for his part, fought with a staph infection.
Rockhold (15-2) is on a five-fight win streak. He is unbeaten since he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut in May 2013. ESPN.com ranks Rockhold the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
The UFC has not made an official announcement on Weidman’s withdrawal or a potential replacement. Options would appear to include Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (23-4), who is coming off a one-sided first-round finish of Belfort at UFC 198 last weekend.
Souza, a former Strikeforce champion, has fought Rockhold once, dropping a unanimous decision in a Strikeforce title fight in September 2011.
Longtime middleweight contender Michael Bisping (28-7) would also be an obvious option. Bisping is on a three-fight win streak and has never fought for a UFC title. He is coming off a win against Anderson Silva in February and has a loss to Rockhold on his record.
Bisping took to social media to express his interest in the fight.
— michael (@bisping) May 17, 2016