Romero Out of UFC on ESPN 3 Main Event
Yoel Romero will not be competing in the main event of the UFC’s third televised broadcast on ESPN, which takes place on April 27, as he’s been forced out of his scheduled rematch with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Brazilian MMA site Agfight reports that Romero has been diagnosed with pneumonia and will not be ready to compete at the event. The UFC is actively pursuing a new opponent for Souza for the main event.
Romero and Souza first met at UFC 194 last December, with Romero coming away with a controversial split decision.
Romero is 2-2 since the original encounter. After scoring a comeback knockout win over Chris Weidman at UFC 205, he and Robert Whittaker competed for the interim middleweight title in the main event of UFC 213, losing a decision. Romero earned another chance at the interim title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, but while he knocked out Rockhold, Romero missed weight and was ineligible to win the title.
Romero still received a title shot against Whittaker at UFC 225, but once again missed weight and was ineligible to win the title. Romero lost a controversial split decision in the fight, which was named 2018’s Fight of the Year.
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Original Story: Agfight