Former champion Chris Weidman will return to the middleweight division to face Jack Hermansson in the headliner for the UFC’s return to Oklahoma on May 2.
Breaking: Chris Weidman is headed back to 185 pounds. The former champ has agreed to face Jack Hermansson on May 2 in the main event of UFC Fight Night in OKC. Bout agreements not signed yet, per sources, but UFC working on finalizing the matchup. pic.twitter.com/DaPWRZoYOh
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 20, 2020
Per Brett Okamoto of ESPN, a middleweight bout between former champion Chris Weidman and Jack Hermansson will headline the UFC’s event in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Chesapeake Arena on May 2. The event marks Weidman’s return to 185 pounds after briefly moving up to light heavyweight late last year.
The “All American” will be looking to bounce back following his move up to light heavyweight last October where he faced recent title challenger Dominick Reyes. Going into the fight with Hermansson, Weidman is 1-5 in his last six fights and is currently on a two-fight skid. The move back down to middleweight comes as no surprise as Weidman himself announced recently on Instagram that he had planned to return to his former weight class.
Swedish contender Jack Hermansson is looking to get back on the winning track himself following a loss to top contender Jared Cannonier last September. Prior to the bout, Hermansson had broken through into the upper-echelon of the division following a knockout victory over David Branch and an upset of perennial top contender “Jacare” Souza.
Currently, the card is still rounding out with a strawweight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Marina Rodriguez and a bantamweight bout between Sarah Alpar and Vanessa Melo having been officially announced. More news on the rest of the fight card will be announced in the coming weeks.