Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will finally make his long awaited move up to 205 pounds with a struggle Jan Blachowicz in the works for 239 around July 6 in Las Vegas.

Sources close to the competition supported the headlines on Wednesday after a first report from ESPN.

Rockhold has been teasing a move to light heavyweight for quite sometime while at the same time waiting for his own body to get back to full health so he can fight again.

The former champion at 185 pounds is coming from a knockout loss to Yoel Romero in Feb. 2018 while moving 12 over his past 3 battles from the middle weight division.

Due to the brutal weight cut to return to middle weight, Rockhold ultimately decided to make the move to light heavyweight where he expects to again come to be a title contender.

As for Blachowicz, the Polish fighter is coming from a knockout loss of his own into Thiago Santos from the first ever event in the in February.

That loss stopped a four-fight win series from Blachowicz that included victories over Jimi Manuwa and Nikita Krylov.

Rockhold vs. Blachowicz is anticipated to take place at 239, that can be the yearly headliner for the ’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas in July.


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