UFC Fight Night 101 is in search of a new main event. On Tuesday, it was reported former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (pictured) has been forced out of his November 26 rematch with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza with an undisclosed injury.
MMAFighting.com was the first to report Rockhold’s injury. The UFC has yet to address his status for the event.
It is unknown if the UFC intends on keeping Souza in the lineup.
Rockhold beat Souza five years ago to capture the Strikeforce middleweight crown. The unanimous decision victory put Rockhold’s name on the MMA map and he really hasn’t looked back since. Rockhold has won five of his past six fights, but was looking to bounce back from his shocking upset loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 that cost him his belt.
Speaking of Bisping, Souza’s manager, Gilberto Faria, told MMAFighting.com that they would only be willing to accept a bout with Bisping after Rockhold’s exit. However, Faria doubts Bisping would dare accept the challenge.
“Michael Bisping is running from ‘Jacare.'” Faria said. “He is so scared of him. He’d rather fight someone like Dominick Cruz, who I would put my money on, by the way.”
Bisping has been actively pursuing a fight with Georges St-Pierre, and now Nick Diaz, so it’s not as though he doesn’t want to collect another paycheck before year’s end.
Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia hosts UFC Fight Night 101. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the main card live in America.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Kyle Noke vs. Dominique Steele
Jonathan Meunier vs. Richard Walsh
Andrew Holbrook vs. Jake Mathews
Chris Camozzi vs. Daniel Kelly
Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson