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UFC 230: Luke Rockhold, who retired with Chris Weidman from the rematch, has given New York another blow

The UFC 230 Combat Card, which plays for Madison Square Garden on November 3, does not break. According to ESPN's board Okamoto with nearly two weeks left until the event, the co-main event, which was designed to mark the middleweight rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, is off. That's because Rockhold is forced to retire from the fight and after John Morgan of MMA Junkie he had tried to work through a few injuries to finally allow the fight to pass. Rockhold and Weidman had their first match at UFC 194 in 2015, in which Rockhold defeated Weidman for the middleweight championship.

At this time, no replacement opponent has been announced for Weidman, though Okamoto notes that UFC is trying to push things around.

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The rejection of Rockhold versus Weidman 2 is just the last proof That this Madison Square Garden event, frankly, is cursed. In fact, this rematch was not even the originally planned co-main event of the card. The original co-star attraction was to present Nate Diaz to Dustin Poirier in a highly anticipated easy fight that would likely bring some future championship implications. Unfortunately Poirier had to retire from the fight due to his own hip injury and Diaz was completely removed from the map.

Then we have the mass confusion that was the main event of the card. In short, the problem with the UFC 230 Main Event was the longest that … there was not one. UFC went on continuously without announcing a main event for Madison Square Garden until a curveball came in the form of reports that Valentina Shevchenko would challenge for the vacant women's flyweight title against the relatively unknown Sijara Eubanks in the final fight of the night. Shortly thereafter, the UFC 230 main event in the form of was given quite nicely. Daniel Cormier made the first defense of his heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis, who makes a quick turnaround to this after a victory at UFC 229 earlier this month over Alexander Volkov.

But as was the case from the start, the UFC 230 in New York is a one-step down and two-step drop. The Cormier Lewis showdown after the Rockhold Weidman rematch was enough to please most fans. Of course this is no longer the case with the news that Rockhold is forced to retreat.

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