Chris Weidman Injured So Michael Bisping Steps In To Fight Luke Rockhold
MMA Junkie – Michael Bisping has stepped in as a replacement and will fight middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.
Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of the title shot with champ Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) on Tuesday due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
UFC President Dana White today announced the change while on ESPN’s “Sports Center.” The UFC executive said the title shot would’ve gone to Ronaldo Souza (23-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC), but “Jacare” is facing knee surgery following a first-round TKO win over Vitor Belfort (25-12 MMA, 14-8 UFC) this past weekend at UFC 198.
As a mixed martial arts fan I hate seeing injuries force people out of title fights…Especially ones I want to see very badly. I am glad Bisping will finally get his shot at the belt, but I don’t see him putting up much of a fight. Luke Rockhold is a special kind of athlete and I was eagerly waiting to see how a healthy and motivated Chris Weidman could deal with the skills the champion brings into the rematch. Now, we get to see an aging Michael Bisping with a short training camp try to pull off a Hail Mary. I am not saying it is impossible because in the sport of punching people in the face anything can happen. Michael has always been durable and hard to hit (Dan Henderson would laugh in my face on that one). This goes from a must watch matchup to a maybe you should watch matchup. I hate injuries!!!