A matchup between two of the middleweight division’s elite was made official on Monday. This will be the third time that the two men have been scheduled to face off. Both time however, injuries have barred the two from ever fighting. The UFC is hoping that on December 12 at UFC 194 both men will finally square off.
The pair of fighters were first scheduled to face each other in February at UFC 184 but Jacare came down with pneumonia and the fight was rescheduled for the UFC on Fox card that was held in April. That fight never happened as Romero suffered a torn meniscus in training and pulled out of the fight.
Jacare (22-3) is currently riding an eight-fight win streak with notable wins over Gegard Mousasi, Francis Carmount, and Yushin Okami. Jacare has not lost since 2011 when he competed in Strikeforce. The lost came to current number one contender Luke Rockhold. The race between he and Rockhold to get the next crack at Chris Weidman had been neck and neck but it seemed that the past win gave Rockhold the edge as he is also set to fight at UFC 194 but his bout will be for the middleweight championship.
Romero (10-1) is coming off the biggest win of his career when he defeated former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Romero is on a six-fight win streak and his last loss also came while he was in Strikeforce. This bout with Jacare will no doubt determine the next in line for a shot at the middleweight champion.
UFC 194 takes place December 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air live on pay-per-view.