A fight between two of the middleweight divisions top contenders Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Yoel Romero has been rebooked for the blockbuster UFC 194 show on December 12th in Las Vegas.
The UFC have already attempted to put on this fight twice this year, at UFC 184 and then UFC On FOX 15, but on both occasions it fell through due to illness (Jacare contracted pneumonia) and injury (Romero had a knee injury) respectively.
UFC 194 seems like the perfect opportunity for the fight to finally happen though as a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold is set to take place in the co-main event, and with Jacare currently No.2 in the division with Romero just one spot behind at No.3, the winner is almost certain to be next in line to fight the champion.
‘Jacare’ has so far compiled a perfect 5-0 record in the UFC since joining from Strikeforce in the summer of 2013, with his most notable victories being a first round TKO stoppage against Yushin Okami and third round submission finish versus Gegard Mousasi.
Another former Strikeforce competitor, Romero has gone one better than ‘Jacare’, compiling a 6-0 record in the Octagon over roughly the same period, and arguably has faced tougher competition with his last three wins coming against Lyoto Machida (KO), Tim Kennedy (TKO) and Brad Tavares (Decision).
‘Jacare’ Vs Romero joins an already stacked end-of-year UFC 194 pay-per-view event that will be headlined by the eagerly awaited featherweight title clash between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor with the aforementioned Weidman Vs Rockhold bout serving as the co-main event.
It’s a big line-up, and the UFC will be hoping for equally big pay-per-view numbers too as they look to end what’s already proven to be a big year for them in style.