Following UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman finishing #3 Vitor Belfort in the first round of their title fight at UFC 187, the next challenger is being discussed by fans and media.
UFC President Dana White addressed if either Luke Rockhold or Ronaldo Souza would be fighting for the strap next.
While White did say that Luke Rockhold is the #1 ranked fighter in the division behind Weidman, Souza would be probably getting the next title shot.
Both Souza and Rockhold competed last at UFC on Fox 15 and was impressive in their fights. Keep in mind that Souza had to go under shoulder surgery following UFC On Fox 15.
Ronaldo Souza (22-3) 2 KO, 16 Sub & 4 DEC wins in his career. Souza is currently on an eight-fight winning streak. He has finished five out of his last six fights, four coming by submission and one coming by knockout. He beat Ed Herman in Strikeforce in January of 2013 by first round kimura. He made his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi, which he won by first round triangle choke in May of 2013. In his next three bouts he beat Yushin Okami in September of 2013 by first round TKO, then beat Francis Carmont in February of 2014 by unanimous decision. In his next and last bout prior to UFC on Fox 15, he beat Gegard Mousasi in September of 2014 by third round guillotine choke. In his last bout, he is coming off a win over Chris Camozzi at UFC on Fox 15.
Luke Rockhold (14-2) 3 KO, 9 Sub & 2 DEC wins in his career. Rockhold is 5-1 in his last six fights, he is on a four-fight winning streak. He beat Tim Kennedy in June of 2012 under the Strikeforce banner by a five-round decision victory. He made his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort but lost by first-round head kick in May of 2013. He then went on to beat Costas Philippou in January of 2014 by first round kick to the body knockout. Then beat Tim Boetsch at UFC 172 by first round triangle kimura. In his next he beat Michael Bisping in November of 2014 by second-round guillotine choke. In his last bout, he beat Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 15.
No word currently on when Weidman will defend his title next.