Another long-rumored bout is official for UFC 205 (live odds), as Chris Weidman will square off with Yoel Romero in a pivotal middleweight matchup.
UFC President Dana White announced the bout on the on Wednesday. UFC 205 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 12 and is headlined by a lightweight championship tilt pitting Eddie Alvarez against Conor McGregor.
Weidman hasn’t competed since losing the 185-pound strap to Luke Rockhold via fourth-round technical knockout at UFC 194, his first defeat in 14 professional bouts. He was booked to face Rockhold in a rematch at UFC 199, but had to withdraw in order to undergo surgery for a herniated disc in his neck. The 32-year-old hails from Baldwin, N.Y., and is anchored at the Empire State’s Serra-Longo Fight Team.
Romero enters the matchup having won seven fight in a row, the longest active winning streak in the middleweight division. After taking a narrow split-decision over Ronaldo Souza at UFC 194, “Soldier of God” was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. It was later determined that Romero’s positive test for the growth hormone secretagogue Ibutamoren came as a result of a tainted dietary supplement, and the Cuban accepted a six-month suspension which ended on July 12.