The UFC Fight Week 63 card features some exciting matchups and a few new names, but the real story of this card is the new addition of the “Ultimate Fighting Championship” (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Joe Lauzon.
The two-time UFC light heavyweight champion was scheduled to fight for the belt on Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That fight will take place as a main event, with the winner facing the winner of the lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Luke Rockhold on Sunday.
However, the UFC’s announcement of the new fight between Lauzon and Rockhold has angered the UFC and the UFC, which released a statement Monday saying the promotion was “deeply disappointed” that the “UFC Heavyweight Championship” winner will face a new opponent.
“We’re deeply disappointed that Joe Lauzion will face the winner in the UFC Heavyweight title fight on Sunday,” the UFC said in a statement.
“We’re very confident in Joe as a fighter, as a person and a fighter of the sport.
We’re confident in the work he’s done in his career, and that he will be a great champion of the future.
We wish Joe the best of luck and thank him for everything he’s accomplished in his life.”
The UFC statement continued:The UFC is extremely disappointed that the winner and the winner’s opponent will face each other at UFC Fight Weeks 63 and 64.
The UFC would like to thank Joe for all of his accomplishments and for the incredible success he’s had in the MMA world.
We look forward to seeing Joe face the person he always wanted to face, Luke Rock, on Saturday night.
The winner of this bout will receive a belt shot.
We are proud to announce that Joe will face Luke Rock at UFC UFC Fight week 63, live on pay-per-view, on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The main card will air live on FOX following prelims on UFC FightPass.
The following morning, the title fight will air on UFC FIGHT PASS.
The new “UFC Fighting Championship,” which is a light heavyweight belt, will be available to purchase at the UFC Fight Store and select retailers on Saturday, Nov. 29.
The promotion also has an official fight card available for purchase at www.UFC.com.UFC Fight Week is the UFC Welterweight Championship Series, and it features fighters from both lightweight and welterweight divisions, with three fights on the card.