The rematch between former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and #3 ranked “Jacare” Souza has been cancelled.
As a result, the original co-main event between #7 ranked Robert Whittaker and #8 ranked Derek Brunson will now headline the card.
According to multiple sources, Rockhold suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to withdraw from the bout. Souza, who won’t be fighting on the card either, said that the only other person he would be interested in fighting is current middleweight champion Michael Bisping. So far, no information on Rockhold’s timeline for recovery has been revealed.
Brunson (16-3) coming off of his sub two-minute TKO victory over Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 94 in September. The win extended his current win streak to five-straight, four of which are first-round finishes. His only loss in the UFC is to Yoel Romero in 2014 making him 7-1 in the promotion.
Also on a five-fight win streak is Whittaker (16-4) who last fought at UFC 197 where he beat Rafael Natal by unanimous decision. His current streak consists of knockout victories against Brad Tavares and Clint Hester as well as a unanimous decision over Uriah Hall.
UFC Fight Night 101 will take place at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Also on the card is Jake Matthews vs Andrew Holbrook and Kyle Noke vs Omari Akhmedov.