On Monday afternoon, news surfaced that a UFC middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida had been pushed back from it’s scheduled UFC 173 slot on Memorial Day Weekend to the promotion’s UFC 175 event on Fourth of July Weekend.
The bout was pushed back because of a minor knee injury to the champ.
After learning of Weidman’s injury, the search for a new main event was immediately on. Women’s champion Ronda Rousey was viewed as a potential option, but UFC president Dana White quickly squashed those rumors.
“Ronda’s not working,” White said, via Newsday. “She’s out doing her movie. She would, if I called her. I’m not gonna do that to her.”
Most of the champions in the promotion are either hurt or booked, and it wouldn’t be reasonable to expect the free champions to agree to put their title on the line on short notice.
If anyone wants to defend their belt with a month’s notice, Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes or Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov could be options. If the UFC can’t find a new event, then a heavyweight clash between Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic will serve as the headliner.