The highly anticipated middleweight showdown between Yoel Romero and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza appears to have hit another snag.
Luke Thomas reported for MMA Fighting that the American Top Team standout has been forced to bow out of bout, scheduled for next weekend’s UFC on FOX 20, citing a knee injury.
The two were originally expected to face one another at UFC 184 in February. But Jacare was forced to withdraw due to pneumonia.
Thomas did not specify a time table for Romero’s return. The UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Yoel Romero, was a highly decorated amateur wrestler for his native Cuba before defecting to the US, earning the gold medal at the 1999 World Championships and silver at the 2000 Olympic Games. Now 37, he is 9-1 in his MMA career, including a TKO victory over Tim Kennedy in his last bout. That bout became known as “stoolgate,” as many felt Romero was unfairly given extra time to recover on his stool between the second and third rounds.
Ronaldo Jacare, as he is known, was a multiple time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion before turning his attention to MMA. A former champion of the Strikeforce organziation, his record stands at 21-3 with one no contest. His last fight was a TKO victory over Gegard Mousasi, bringing his current win streak to seven.
Thomas did not specify a time table for Romero’s return, and the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.