UFC Fight Night 101 will have to look for another headliner.
Per Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, Luke Rockhold has suffered an undisclosed injury and will no longer be fighting in the main event of the Nov. 26 UFC Fight Night card opposite Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. MMA Fighting reports that the UFC has yet to decide if Souza will remain on the card, but states it appears unlikely that he will be given an alternate opponent to stick around.
Rockhold has not competed since dropping the UFC middleweight title back at UFC 199 in June. He entered that fight with a reported knee injury. It’s currently unclear if his current injury is related. The heavy favorite going into a title defense with last-minute opponent Michael Bisping, Rockhold has knocked out. He hoped to secure an immediate rematch with Bisping but was poised to take another fight while Dan Henderson stepped into the role of a title challenger.
Souza, meanwhile, looks to continue his winning ways after defeating Vitor Belfort via first-round TKO at UFC 198 in May. The victory over “The Phenom” followed “Jacare’s” lone defeat in the UFC, just five months after a controversial split decision loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 194 in December 2015. The submission specialist — 6-1 in the UFC with four stoppage victories — currently ranks third in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Rockhold vs. Souza II was meant to be one of two middleweight contests to help determine the next title challenger at 185 pounds. Unless the Rockhold-Souza gets rebooked sometime soon, that honor would likely fall on a clash between former champion Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero at UFC 205.