Third times the charm right?

On Monday afternoon, reports indicated the UFC had booked a middleweight contenders bout between Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Yoel Romero for UFC 194 in December. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report the news.

The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 184 in February before a case of pneumonia force Jacare out of the contest. The matchup was almost immediately rebooked for UFC on FOX 15 in April.

However this time it would be Romero who would withdraw after injuring his knee in training camp.

Jacare (22-3), a former Strikeforce champion, eventually scored a first round submission win over Romero’s replace Chris Camozi. This victory extender his already impressive seven-fight streak, which includes four straight under the UFC banner.

Prior to this win fans saw the Brazilian walk away with third-round submission victory over Gegard Mousasi in the main event rematch at UFC Fight Night 50 in September. Jacare will enter this bout with 18 stoppage victories, including 16 by way of submission.

Romero (10-1), an Olympic Silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, was last seen walking away with violent third round knockout over former title contender Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 70 in June. Prior to this victory, ‘The Solider of God’ scored 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.  Romero will enter this bout with nine career knockout victories and a UFC record of 5-0.

UFC 194 is currently set to take place on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A featherweight title fight between reigning champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor will serve as the night’s headlining act while a middleweight title fight between reigning UFC champion Chris Weidman and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will serve as the co-main event.

While nothing is official official, the winner of Romero and Souza’s contest is expected to face the winner of Weidman and Rockhold’s title fight.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.