The UFC Fort Lauderdale main event has taken another strange turn.
Yoel Romero has been removed from his middleweight rematch with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza that was set to headline the April 27 card at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting.
AgFight was first to report the change, citing the reason for Romero’s withdrawal as pneumonia.
Romero was originally in talks to fight Paulo Costa at UFC Fort Lauderdale, but that bout fizzled when Costa was removed for undisclosed reasons. Initially, Romero said he had heard that Costa had issues with the USADA, a claim that Costa refuted.
A new headliner was then made between Romero and Souza, a rematch of their UFC 194 encounter back in December 2015 that Romero won by split decision.
It is not known whether a replacement will be found to fight “Jacare”. The 39-year-old veteran took to Twitter on Thursday to comment on the situation:
Romero está fora da luta e o cara que eles trouxeram para luta comigo está correndo, como sempre acontece comigo.— Ronaldo Jacaré (@JacareMMA) April 4, 2019
Romero is out and the guy the flew in is running away from me, like always happens to me.