Report: UFC has a frontrunner to face Luke Rockhold for middleweight title

Luke Rockhold returns at UFC Fight Night 116

On Tuesday, news broke that former middleweight champion Chris Weidman was forced to pull out of his immediate title fight rematch with champion Luke Rockhold, which was scheduled for UFC 199.

The UFC has been busy finding a replacement for Weidman. According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, the frontrunner to replace Weidman is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who is coming off a first round TKO win over Vitor Belfort this past weekend at UFC 198.

Although it was a quick fight for “Jacare” at UFC 198, he did mention to UFC commentator John Gooden that his knee may have suffered an injury in the bout with Belfort.

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