Luke Rockhold to make his debut at light heavyweight when he returns to action at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view event.

The news was made on Wednesday by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Twitter. The former UFC middleweight champion is slated to fight Luke Rockhold to Jan Blachowicz on July 6th as part of International Fight week in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

The preliminary card will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET and the the UFC’s streaming service, Fight Pass.Okamoto wrote the following:

“Breaking: Former UFC and Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold will move up in weight to face Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, per multiple sources.”

Rockhold is ready to make his move to the UFC light heavyweight division after having a successful run at middleweight. The former UFC middleweight champion had a good run in the division but now thinks it’s a good time to move up in weight.

For Rockhold, who was supposed to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in November but had to pull out, it’s time to make a change. Rockhold’s last fight came at the UFC 221 event where he lost by KO in the third round.

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