Rockhold-Weidman, Cruz-Faber bouts booked for June’s UFC 199

MANILA, Philippines – The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will feature two championship matches as co-headlining main events at its UFC 199 pay-per-view event set for June 5 (June 4 in US) at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.

Newly-minted UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold squares off with former division kingpin Chris Weidman in a rematch, while bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz faces longtime rival Urijah Faber for the third time.

Both marquee match-ups were announced during UFC’s “Unstoppable” press conference on Saturday, March 5 (Manila time). 

Rockhold (15-2) is coming off a title-winning performance this past December, stopping Weidman in the fourth round to walk away with the 185-pound weight class' top prize around his waist.

It was Weidman’s first taste of defeat after being unbeaten in his first 13 professional outings, which included two victories over Anderson Silva. 

On the other hand, Cruz and Faber are familiar with each other as they squared off twice before. 

Faber won the first encounter via first-round submission in March 2007 before Cruz avenged his loss with a unanimous decision victory in July 2011.

Faber successfully defended the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title in the first bout, while Cruz proudly waked out of the second meeting as the UFC bantamweight champion. 

Cruz (21-1) is fresh from his split decision triumph over TJ Dillashaw to regain the UFC bantamweight belt last January.

Meanwhile, Faber (33-8) recently outpointed Frankie Saenz to enter the winner’s column after his lopsided loss to Frankie Edgar in a May 2015 fight. – Rappler.com