Rousey vs. Zingano Joins Weidman vs. Belfort at UFC 184 in Los Angeles

October 29, 2014
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By now, it’s not a surprise that there had been plans to reschedule the Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort UFC middleweight title fight to Feb. 28 in Los Angeles. UFC president Dana White confirmed the move on Wednesday via a video post on Instagram.

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White posted the video after Belfort leaked confirmation of the move earlier in the day.

What was a surprise, however, is that White also revealed that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would also fight on the card, putting her belt on the line against Cat Zingano.

White had recently confirmed to UFC Tonight that Rousey and Zingano would be the co-main event for the UFC 182 pay-per-view featuring Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight strap. Plans have changed, however, with Rousey vs. Zingano moving from the Las Vegas based card to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

There was no immediate explanation from the promotion as to why the Rousey vs. Zingano fight was moved, but it was likely due to Rousey’s popularity and the location being in her backyard making for a sensible move to bolster the UFC 184 fight card. The UFC is likely trying to make-up for having made the decision to cancel the UFC 176 fight card in Los Angeles after the Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes main event had to be rescheduled.

Weidman’s title defense against Belfort has been rescheduled numerous times since it was first set to happen at UFC 173 in May. Belfort’s licensing status due to Nevada’s cancellation of testosterone replacement therapy exemptions and a suspect drug test put that on hold.

After that matter was cleared, they were rescheduled for Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, but a broken hand put Weidman out of the fight. The champion is expected to be ready to fight again by February, so now the bout headlines the UFC 184 pay-per-view card in Los Angeles.

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  • Timothy Malone

    Great news! UFC 182 is going to be an awesome card!

  • Maddawgmar

    Rousey has said that her and Weidman are good luck on the same card. I think the PPV buys will definitely get a boost now. Jones v Cormier kinda sells itself better than Weidman v Belfort.

  • solo

    Good move for the money point of view. And little more time for Cat to prepare herself for Ronda’s chellenge.

  • PaulieVegas

    This is a closet admission by the UFC that they don’t expect Belfort will make the fight, so they need a credible fight as a backup main event in case that happens.

    Right now, Belfort is either: (1) doping, and will fail a drug test and be forced out; (2) not doping, but will eventually realize he can’t beat Wideman without PED’s so he’ll pull out two weeks before (possibly with the expectation that a rescheduled fight might be in Brazil, where he can dope all he wants).

    Either way, Dana and Joe need a high-profile fight they can fall back on so they don’t have to suffer the indignity of cancelling yet another card if/when Belfort doesn’t make this one. That’s why they’re moving it.

  • dandogood

    Rousey is the UFC’s biggest star. The guys lack charisma and are boring. Let Rousey headline this card and be the last fight.

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    This will be Rousey’s first real fight, and she will lose violently. Cant wait to see it. No more undersized Tate fights, this is a real test