Stop me if you’ve heard this one but the UFC will have to reschedule the highly anticipate middleweight bout between Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Yoel Romero.

On Friday afternoon, MMAFighting reported Romero has been forced out of the bout after injuring his knee in camp.

The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 184 in February before a case of Pneumonia force Jacare out of hte contest. The matchup was almost immediately rebooked for UFC on FOX 15 in April. As of this post, there is no word on whether the UFC will find a replacement for Jacare.

Romero (9-1), an Olympic Silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, was last seen walking away with a controversial third round TKO victory over Tim Kennedy at UFC 178 in September. While both men were awarded the Fight of the Night bonus, Romero’s performance was largely overshadowed by events between the second and third round when it appeared Romero was given extra time to recover on the stool. Prior to this victory, fans saw ‘The Solider of God’ snap Brad Tavares’ five fight win streak at UFC on FOX 11 in April. He will enter this bout with eight career knockout victories and a UFC record of 5-0.

Jacare (21-3), a former Strikeforce champion, will be looking to add to his already impressive seven-fight streak, which includes four straight under the UFC banner. In his most recent outing, fans saw the Brazilian walk away with third-round submission victory over Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50 in September. He will enter this bout with 17 stoppage victories, including 15 by way of submission.

UFC on FOX 15 is set to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. A middleweight contest between former UFC light heavyweight champion turned middleweight contender Lyoto Machida and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will serve as the main event.

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