Chris Weidman injured; UFC 184 now headlined by Rousey vs. Zingano
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has suffered an injury forcing him out of his scheduled fight against Vitor Belfort at UFC 184.
The announcement came Friday during the UFC 183 weigh-ins following an initial report from MMAJunkie.com.
According to FOX UFC reporter Ariel Helwani, Weidman suffered a rib injury in training this past week while wrestling. Weidman tore cartilage in his ribs, which forced him out of the fight at UFC 184. He is hopeful for a return in April or May.
Weidman and Belfort have been matched up at different dates on at least three different occasions, but it appears there will be another delay for the long-awaited title fight.
The last change came as a result of Weidman suffering a broken hand that pushed back the proposed bout at UFC 181 last December to the most recent date on Feb. 28 at UFC 184.
Now the fight has been scrapped once again with Weidman being forced to withdraw due to injury.
UFC 184 will move forward with women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey headlining the card against top contender Cat Zingano. The new co-main event will be another fight in the women’s bantamweight division as Holly Holm takes on Raquel Pennington.
The card goes down on Feb. 28 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.