Do Anjos, Weidman to defend titles in December

The UFC have announced two new title fights for December, with the first added to an already exciting UFC 194 bill and the other set to headline its own card.

UFC 194 will see the long-awaited clash between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor finally take place after months of build-up.

As if that bout alone was already not enough of a draw card, a middleweight title fight between challenger Luke Rockhold and champion Chris Weidman has also been added to the bill.

Weidman is undefeated in 13 professional bouts after knocking out former light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in May to defend his title for the third time. He is also second on the UFC’s pound for pound rankings behind Aldo.

Rockhold, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, has won his last four fights, after suffering a defeat to Belfort in his UFC debut in 2013.

His victories over Costas Philippou, Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida have seen him rise to second in the middleweight rankings and earn the title shot. UFC 194 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12.

Just seven days later at the Amway Center in Orlando, Rafael dos Anjos will make his first title defense against Donald Cerrone.

Do Anjos defeated Cerrone by unanimous decision in their first meeting in August 2013 to stretch his undefeated run to five matches.

The Brazilian went on to lose to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his next fight, but strung together three victories before unexpectedly grinding out a fourth against Anthony Pettis to claim the lightweight title in March.

Cerrone has been one of the most active fighters in the UFC since that loss, racking up eight victories in as many bouts against top-ranked opposition such as Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, Benson Henderson and Miles Jury.

The American last fought in May (when he defeated John Makdessi by TKO after forcing him to retire with a broken jaw (inflicted by a head kick) and the seven months between the two fights will be his longest period of inactivity since entering the UFC in 2011.