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Rockhold to challenge Weidman for middleweight belt at UFC 194

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will defend his belt against Luke Rockhold in the co-main event of UFC 194 at MGM Grand on Dec. 12.

Ultimate Fighting Championship officials confirmed the bout Thursday.

Weidman last fought in May when he knocked out Vitor Belfort in the first round of the main event at UFC 187 to retain the title. He is 13-0 in his career with only four fights having gone the distance.

Rockhold has won four consecutive fights with the last three coming by submission. He submitted Lyoto Machida in the second round of an April fight to solidify his spot as the top contender.

The event will be headlined by a featherweight title unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim champ Conor McGregor.

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