BREAKING: UFC 210 gets its first fight and it is a clinker
If Gegard Mousasi proves one thing, it's that mouthing works.
Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi will lock horns at UFC 210 on April 8.
The Dutch man has spent weeks calling out anyone and everyone in the middleweight division and, alas, Chris Weidman has stepped up to shut him up.
The UFC announced the fight for the New York event on Thursday evening and it has become the first match-up for UFC 210.
The pair will go into the Buffalo showdown on different trajectories though.
After losing the belt in an epic battle with Luke Rockhold, Weidman suffered his second ever UFC defeat in November at the hands of Yoel Romero.
Mousasi, on the other hand, has won four on the trot - the last three were knockouts, notching up a total of four miserly rounds. His ruthless fighting is as quick as his mouth.
But it wasn't even a tough decision for Weidman.
"Once I heard he was calling me out, I said let’s give this guy what he wants," he told Newsday.
"Now I’m going to throw this guy a beating."
It could be a defining fight for the 32-year-old. After two straight losses, the New York native is still ranked number four in the middleweight division and a win over Mousasi - ranked fifth - could move Weidman back into contention for a shot of Michael Bisping and the belt again.