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Weidman's next UFC title defence officially added to the Aldo vs. McGregor card

The UFC are pulling out all the stops for 12 December.

UFC 175 Mixed Martial Arts UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Source: AP/Press Association Images

UFC 194 JUST got a whole lot bigger.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Conor McGregor’s featherweight title unification bout against Jose Aldo was to take place at the event, which is scheduled for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, 12 December.

Now the UFC has confirmed another massive title fight for the co-main event slot, with undefeated middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-0) set to defend his title against fellow American Luke Rockhold (14-2).

There had been reports that a rematch between Cain Velasquez and heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was set to be fixed for the organisation’s penultimate card of 2015, but you’ll find few — if any — UFC fans complaining about this addition instead.

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Since dethroning Anderson Silva in July 2013, Weidman has been a dominant champion in the 185lbs division. The 31-year-old New Yorker overcame Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort following his rematch against Silva, which ended when the Brazilian fractured his leg in the second round.

Rockhold, the former Strikeforce champion, earns his first shot at the UFC middleweight title on the back of a quartet of victories against Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou.

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