Injury forces Chris Weidman from title rematch vs. Luke Rockhold – ESPN

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Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced out of the title rematch against Luke Rockhold that was scheduled to headline UFC 199 on June 4 because of injury, according to sources.

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. 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.

A bantamweight championship trilogy bout between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber is currently scheduled to co-headline UFC 199.

Injury forces Chris Weidman from title rematch vs. Luke Rockhold – ESPN

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