Chris Weidman to fight Dominick Reyes in light heavyweight debut

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has talked about moving up in weight recently and now it’s official.

ESPN reported Weidman will face surging light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes in his first fight at 205 pounds.

The match-up between Weidman and Reyes will serve as the headline act for the UFC’s upcoming card in Boston on October 18.

ESPN say the fight has been agreed verbally with contracts to be signed shortly.

At middleweight, Weidman – the man who dethroned longtime 185 king Anderson Silva – has lost four of his last five contests inside the Octagon.

His last outing saw him suffer a knockout loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 230.

Meanwhile, Reyes is undefeated in his 11 MMA bouts, winning five of those in the UFC.

Reyes is known to be a fast finisher, having ended eight of his first nine opponents in the opening round.

However, Reyes has proven he can last the distance against tougher opposition in his latest fights, taking consecutive decision wins against two former title challengers in Ovince St. Preux and Volkan Oezdemir.