Chris Weidman | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Multiple sources confirmed verbal agreements in place for the matchup when speaking to MMA Fighting on Tuesday. ESPN initially reported the bout.
The first fight between Weidman and Hall took place under the Ring of Combat banner back in 2010. On that night, Weidman knocked out Hall at just over three minutes into the opening round as he claimed the Ring of Combat middleweight title in only his third professional bout.
Less than a year later, Weidman joined the UFC roster.
More recently, the New York native picked up a win over Omari Akhmedov in his return to 185 pounds after he made a brief stop at light heavyweight. Weidman has said repeatedly that he wants to work his way back into title contention as he seeks to reclaim the middleweight championship he lost in 2015.
As for Hall, he’ll look to avenge the first loss of his career when he rematches Weidman a decade after their first meeting. The former Ultimate Fighter finalist is currently riding a three-fight win streak, including a TKO against Anderson Silva in his last appearance in October.
As of now, UFC 258 hasn’t been officially announced but the card is expected to take place on Feb. 13 with Abu Dhabi as the leading candidate for a location. The UFC hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the card yet.