It's official. New York's own Chris Weidman will be fighting Yoel Romero at UFC 205 in the first ever UFC event in the state.
The news was announced by UFC president Dana White on The Boomer & Carton Show on Tuesday.
This fight marks Weidman's first bout since losing his belt to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 last December. Prior to that, the 32-year-old Weidman was undefeated with a professional record of 13-0. His winning streak included victories over Demian Maia, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort.
Romero meanwhile is riding a seven fight winning streak. The 39-year-old Olympic wrestler also last fought at UFC 194, where he defeated Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza via split decision.
This middleweight clash between top contenders joins the stacked UFC 205, which is set to take place on Nov. 12 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is scheduled to challenge Eddie Alvarez for his lightweight title in the main event of the card. Additionally, Tyron Woodley will defend his 170-pound belt against Stephen Thompson, and Joanna Jedrzejcyzk will defend her strawweight title against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
The current card is as follows:
- Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor
- Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson
- Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington
- Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans
- Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
- Jim Miller vs. Thiago Alves
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian