Bisping vs Rockhold II announced as new UFC 199 headliner
<p>Michael Bisping will finally have his shot at a UFC title.</p>
<p>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. <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/michael-bisping-to-fight-middleweight-champion-luke-rockhold-at-ufc-199">The UFC announced today</a> 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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.