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Luke Rockhold out of UFC 230 bout with Chris Weidman per reports

Chris Weidman, left, smiles at his opponent Luke

Chris Weidman, left, smiles at his opponent Luke Rockhold during a UFC 194 news conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Credit: AP/L.E. Baskow

Luke Rockhold has pulled out his UFC 230 bout with Chris Weidman at Madison Square Garden, according to multiple reports Friday evening.

The Weidman-Rockhold bout, a rematch three years in the making, was supposed to be the co-main event.

Weidman, the former UFC middleweight champion from Baldwin, could face Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, according to multiple sources. There has been no official announcement from the UFC yet. Souza already is scheduled to face David Branch at UFC 230. Other top-ranked middleweights on the UFC 230 card in Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya.

“I am focused on this fight. I’ll be at MSG on Nov 3,” Weidman tweeted shortly after 7 p.m. “Doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. I’m getting my belt back. My management and ufc will figure the rest out.”

ESPN's Brett Okamoto first reported the Rockhold withdrawal from UFC 230. Rockhold told ESPN's Ariel Helwani afterward that his left leg is infected again, he has an MRI scheduled on his right knee after spraining it on Thursday and that he broke his nose during a recent grappling session.

It was Rockhold (16-4) who took Weidman's middleweight title and undefeated record in December of 2015. The two were supposed to face other the following June, but Weidman was forced to withdraw from that fight with a neck injury.

Weidman (14-3) last fought in July of 2017 when he submitted Kelvin Gastelum at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. He has been out since with a hand injury.

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