UFC middleweight stalwarts Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero have twice been scheduled to fight each other this year, but twice it has suffered the dreaded late cancellation. Hopefully the 3rd time really is the charm, as Las Vegas Review-Journal's Adam Hill confirmed that the two men will meet on the main card of UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor on December 12th.
Jacare (22-3, 1 NC) pulled out of the first scheduled matchup with Romero at UFC 184 after he'd contracted pneumonia. When the bout was rescheduled for UFC on FOX 15 in April, Romero was forced off the card with a knee injury, and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist instead recorded another easy 1st round submission win over Chris Camozzi. The 36-year-old is a perfect 5-0 in the UFC, and his last defeat was a decision loss to Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce belt.
Romero (10-1) is undefeated at middleweight, and the Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling has been an absolute force over the past two years. After healing up from his knee injury, Romero delivered a brutal KO win over Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Hollywood, Florida back in June. A series of elbows slayed "The Dragon" and netted Romero and astonishing 4th KO/TKO win in the 3rd round in his last 5 fights. Unfortunately, the biggest win of his career was marred by what he said (or didn't say) in the post-fight interview with Jon Anik.
UFC 194 is four months away but the top 3 fights are all 100% must-see attractions. In addition to Jacare vs. Romero, the main event is the featherweight championship unification bout between Jose Aldo and interim champ Conor McGregor, while the co-main is a middleweight title clash between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold. It's also important to note that the UFC has set itself up for Jacare or Romero to easily slot in and face Weidman in case of an injury to Rockhold.
Cross your fingers and hope the UFC's final pay-per-view of 2015 stays intact.