A light-heavyweight bout between two-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is in the works, according to UFC president Dana White.
White said during an appearance on UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra the bout is being targeted for UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.
Rockhold has been contemplating a move up from the 185- to the 205-pound division for a while.
“The weight cut is too much on me,” Rockhold told The MMA Hour back in March. “As you get older, your bones get bigger. The last couple cuts have been pretty brutal on me. I had trouble regulating my body temperature and all that shit. It’s not fun. It’s not a fun cut anymore. I’m a different fighter at 205. That weight cut is taking a lot out of me.”
The 33-year-old has been knocked out in two of his past three fights, including by Yoel Romero at UFC 221 in February in his most recent bout.
Gustafsson has won two in a row and is coming off a devastating knockout win over Glover Teixeira one year ago.
White also said the UFC is aiming to have Georges St-Pierre fight Nate Diaz on that UFC 227 card but nothing has been finalized.