Two top middleweight contenders will meet in December at UFC 155 when Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) takes on Tim Boetsch (16-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
Multiple outlets, including foxsports.com and newsday.com, today reported that verbal agreements are in place. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) subsequently confirmed it, and UFC executives have made it official.
The fight will be part of the main card of UFC 155, which takes place Dec. 29 in Las Vegas at a venue to be announced.
The main card, including a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former titleholder Cain Velasquez, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Weidman, who had hoped a recent beatdown of highly ranked Mark Munoz would give him a shot at champion Anderson Silva's middleweight title, instead will look to continue his unbeaten run intact when he meets a fellow contender. Weidman, an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, is a little more than three years into his pro career. He joined the UFC in early 2011 and posted dive straight wins while knocking off notables Demian Maia and Munoz in his most recent appearances.
He takes on Boetsch, who's 5-1 in his most recent UFC stint (and 8-1 since a UFC 96 loss to Jason Brilz). However, Boetsch, a fellow Division I wrestler, has really hit his stride since a move down from light heavyweight. Since that drop in weight class, he's posted consecutive wins over Kendall Grove, Nick Ring, former title challenger Yushin Okami and ex-Bellator champ Hector Lombard.
The latest UFC 155 card now includes:
Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez - for heavyweight title
Tim Boetsch vs. Chris Weidman
Forrest Griffin vs. Chael Sonnen
Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard
Phil De Fries vs. Matt Mitrione