Michael Bisping will finally have his shot at a UFC title.
News broke Tuesday afternoon that Chris Weidman suffered a neck injury and was forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The UFC announced today that Michael Bisping will take his place. An alternative candidate would be “Jacare” Souza, who is coming off of a win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 198, but it was revealed that he suffered a meniscus tear and will undergo surgery soon to repair it.
This fight will be a rematch as Rockhold and Bisping fought each other back in 2014 in the main event of UFC Fight Night 55 where Rockhold won with a second-round guillotine. The bout also marks Michael Bisping’s first shot at UFC gold after competing in 25 bouts with the UFC.
Bisping (28-7) is coming off of the biggest win in his career against Anderson Silva in a close fight that he won via unanimous decision. Prior to that, Bisping strung together back-to-back decision victories over Thales Leites and CB Dolloway. On the other hand, Rockhold (15-2) has finished his past five opponents with either a knockout or submission which includes his UFC 194 victory over Weidman to win the title.
UFC 199 will take place on June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California. In the co-headliner, Dominick Cruz will defend his bantamweight title against long-time rival Urijah Faber.