According to MMAFighting, a cut above Costa Philippou’s (pictured) eye has forced the middleweight out of his critical shootout against former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 inside Jaragua Arena in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. With just two weeks remaining until showtime, it’s unknown whether the promotion will scour its roster for a last-minute substitute or shelf Jacare for another day.
The 185-pound affair was slated to co-headline the festivities.
Philippou has been quietly, yet violently, making his way up the 185-pound totem pole by winning his last six bouts. He was most recently seen posting a TKO victory over Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.
Jacare was looking to make his UFC debut in front of his Brazilian brethren. The 33-year-old is perfect in his past three outings.
A middleweight brawl between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold serves as the night’s featured attraction.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
Facebook (4:45PM ET/1:45PM PT)
Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen
Jussier Formiga vs. Chris Cariaso
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov
FUEL TV (6PM ET/3PM PT)
Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado
Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz
Yuri Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos
Paulo Thiago vs. Tiago dos Santos
Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish
Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo
FX (9PM ET/6PM PT)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. TBD
Rafael Natal vs. Chris Camozzi
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold