After years of getting oh-so-close to competing for UFC gold, Michael Bisping will finally get his shot at becoming a champion.
UFC president Dana White announced during an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Wednesday that Bisping will replace Chris Weidman and headline UFC 199 opposite middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
The event takes place June 4 from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
White stated that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was the first choice to replace Weidman, but knee surgery will keep the former Strikeforce champion from a rematch with Rockhold (15-2).
Back in 2014, Bisping (28-7) suffered a second round submission defeat at the hands of Rockhold.
Below is the current card:
UFC Middleweight Championship
Luke Rockhold (c) vs. Michael Bisping
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Urijah Faber
Featherweight: BJ Penn vs. Cole Miller
Middleweight: Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick
Middleweight: Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Light Heavyweight: Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
Welterweight: Sean Strickland vs. Tom Breese
Featherweight: Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Strawweight: Jessica Penne vs. Jessica Andrade
Lightweight: Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim