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Luke Rockhold vs Chris Weidman II will headline UFC 199

Dana White announced today on the FS 1 television show "Garbage Time with Katie Nolan" that Luke Rockhold's first middleweight title defense will be against former champion Chris Weidman, at UFC 199.

White also said UFC 199 would be in June, which would indicate speculation is correct that there will be a PPV show added in May.  He didn't say the date or venue.

Rockhold vs. Weidman is expected to headline a show that will also include the UFC debut of C.M. Punk.

The original plan for this year was UFC 196 this weekend, 197 on 3/5, 198 in April, 199 in June and 200 in July.

This weekend's show in Las Vegas will no longer be called UFC 196.  The 3/5 show headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos will be 196, with 197 in April, meaning 198 will be in May, originally a month UFC was not going to run a PPV show.

Rockhold had told us several weeks ago that he was expecting Weidman next, and that would have been the case even if Yoel Romero wasn't facing a suspension.  He said he was asked about both and felt Weidman would do a better job selling the fight.

"I had two choices, Weidman and Romero," he said. "Yoel Romero can't sell an ice cube in Hell.  I'm not gonna waste my valuable time fighting some chump for change.  I want to fight for real money.  If I'm going to invest three months, that person better be able to fight and sell the fight.  Fans have to demand the fight."