The UFC announced a championship fight yesterday, and it’s one that many have waited for.
But you’d be forgiven if you missed it somehow.
It may have gotten lost in all the drama surrounding Anderson Silva’s disciplinary hearing yesterday.
It won’t be the historic first UFC bout in Madison Square Garden, as many MMA fans in the Big Apple had hoped it would be.
For that matter, it won’t be the main event of the evening, when it happens on December 12 in Las Vegas.
But — it’s big.
On Dec. 12 in Las Vegas at UFC 194, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will defend his title against rising star (and former Strikeforce titlist) Luke Rockhold. The bout will serve as co-main event to tthe evening’s headliner: the promotion’s long-awaited featherweight championship bout, where longtime division kingpin Jose Aldo will face interim titleholder Conor McGregor.
The announcement was made by UFC President Dana White, on ESPN SportsCenter.
Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole describes the bout as offering the UFC a chance to make a bit of history:
“After both UFC 189, headlined by a McGregor victory over Chad Mendes, and UFC 190, headlined by Ronda Rousey,” Iole writes, “exceeded 1 million pay-per-view buys, the UFC has a chance for the first time in its history to have three shows exceed 1 million sales.”
UFC Middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman, of Baldwin, NY, is undefeated in his MMA career at 13-0. His challenger Rockhold, who hails from Santa Cruz, CA, is riding a four fight win streak — including a devastating TKO win over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida back in April.