Gegard Mousasi’s wish has been granted.
The #5 ranked UFC middleweight has been vocal about getting matched up against a top ranked 185-pounder ever since his last victory.
The UFC announced on Thursday morning that Mousasi would be facing former middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York.
Weidman (13-2), currently ranked #4 in the division, is coming off of back-to-back losses to Luke Rockhold, who he lost his title to, and more recently, Yoel Romero by third-round knockout. Prior to that, he was undefeated in 13 fights including three title defenses and the dethroning of long-time champion Anderson Silva.
Currently on a four-fight win streak is Mousasi (41-6-2) who is coming off of a first-round TKO win over Uriah Hall in November. The win marked his third straight stoppage victory with the other two being over Vitor Belfort at UFC 204 and Thiago Santos at UFC 200.
This is the first bout that has been officially announced for UFC 210, which does not yet have a main event. It is set to take place on April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.