(Coming soon to a hospital near you.)
In a dramatic twist that would shock even the most seasoned MMA fan, word has it that Chris Weidman — as in the previously unbreakable, punch-a-hole-in-your-f*cking-chest Chris Weidman — has been forced to pull out of his UFC 199-scheduled rematch with Luke Rockhold due to an injury suffered in training.
We know what you’re thinking, and yes, this is probably the end of the physical world as we know it.
Details after the jump.
News of Weidman’s undisclosed injury was first broke by Talk MMA, then later confirmed by MMAFighting.
Now just two weeks out from UFC 199, the UFC is currently pursuing a last second replacement opponent to meet Rockhold in the main event. The obvious choice would seem to be Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who aside from racking up 6 wins against 1 loss in the UFC and handing Vitor Belfort his ass on a silver platter at UFC 198 last weekend, also happens to have a bit of history with Rockhold — the pair first met at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov back in 2011, where the then-champion Souza was defeated by Rockhold via unanimous decision.
Of course, there is also another fitting option for Rockhold: Michael Bisping, who has rattled off three straight wins in the middleweight division since suffering a second round submission loss to Rockhold at Fight Night 55 in 2014. For what it’s worth, Bisping seems more than up for the challenge.
Training camps separate the boys from the men. This sport isn’t for everyone. 2 weeks notice? I’m down!!! @ufc #realfighter #fightersfighter
— michael (@bisping) May 17, 2016
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