Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will return to the Octagon in November.
Rockhold (16-5) has agreed to face Sean Strickland (24-3) at UFC 268 on Nov. 6, a number of sources instructed ESPN. The UFC has not introduced a location for the pay-per-view occasion, however the present goal is New York Metropolis. The 185-pound matchup was first reported by TSN.
Rockhold, 36, has not fought since a knockout loss to present mild heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in July 2019. Rockhold, who fights out of San Jose, California, moved up in weight for the primary time in that bout. His most up-to-date combat at middleweight was a knockout loss to Yoel Romero in an interim title combat in February 2018.
A former Strikeforce champion as nicely, Rockhold took 2020 off to get better from a number of accidents.
Strickland, of Riverside, California, is lower than per week faraway from a choice win over Uriah Hall in the principle occasion of a UFC Combat Night time card in Las Vegas. A former welterweight, Strickland is 4-0 since transferring as much as 185 kilos.