Luke Rockhold was supposed to meet Chris Weidman in a highly anticipated rematch at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3 at UFC 230.
But last week he had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Now we know more of why he won't be able to fight Weidman, the man he beat to win the middleweight title in a bloody battle way back at UFC 194.
"The leg injury has been a f-- nightmare-a complete nightmare. It was a misinformed surgery. Unfortunately, I was misguided by a couple of doctors, and I wouldn't say malpractice, but it was a pretty idiotic move to open me up on the blade of my shin where they did, and everything I learned thus far. It seemed like a superficial surgery, and that's why I went ahead with it. And sure enough it's been one of the worst things that I've ever dealt with in my life. So, I really can't make any contact with it. It's on the blade of my shin and it's such a… like, I was in jeopardy of so many things with this leg and its repercussions if I were to go out there and this thing opened up and an infection got into the bone," he explained.
"It's just not worth it. I didn't kick. The whole camp I didn't use my left leg to kick. And so unfortunately after Vegas I got an infection on my way back home. And then as I thought the leg was doing better and it would be ready to go, it backtracked and opened up and then it was in jeopardy again. It was red, it was inflamed and it was dangerous, cause the skin has to build up."
It's a bummer we won't see this rematch at MSG because their first fight was an absolute classic and things got really personal in the build up.
Weidman will now face Jacare Souza in the co-main event. Hopefully someday, however, we get Rockhold-Weidman 2.