According to a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, a middleweight fight between former UFC champion Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall has been verbally agreed upon to take place at UFC 258 on Feb 13.
This fight will be a rematch as the two previously competed against each other under the Ring of Combat banner over a decade ago in September 2010. Weidman won the first meeting via first-round TKO to secure the Ring of Combat middleweight title.
A native of Long Island, New York, the 36-year-old Chris Weidman recently scored a grueling and much-needed decision victory over Omari Akhmedov this past August in Las Vegas. Prior to that win, he had lost five of his previous six bouts with all five of those losses coming via stoppage.
He also made a move up to light heavyweight during that stretch but came up short against Dominick Reyes, which has led him to return to 185 pounds where he’s looking to make another title run.
Hall, meanwhile, rose to prominence competing on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter where he finished as the runner-up. Now 36, Hall has won three-straight bouts including victories over Bevon Lewis, Antonio Carlos Junior, and most recently, a fourth-round stoppage win over legendary former champion Anderson Silva late last month.
The UFC has yet to announce a main event or a location for UFC 258, although according to a report from Combate, the promotion is targeting the planned welterweight title match between champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns to take place on this date.
Long Island-based sports writer covering MMA, Boxing, and the New York Jets.