constantinos-philippou-8.jpgThe UFC on FX 8 co-main event has taken a big hit.

Middleweight Constantinos Philippou (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) reportedly has suffered a cut and will be forced out of his fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Philippou and Souza were set to meet in a little more than two weeks in Brazil.

MMAFighting.com reported the injury, though UFC officials have yet to make an announcement. It is not yet known if Souza will remain on the card against a short-notice opponent or if he will be pulled entirely.

UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event’s main-card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.

The New York-based Philippou earlier this week told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he believes a win over Souza, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, could put him right in the mix for title contention.

“I think beating Jacare should get me the top three guys in the world,” Philippou said. “But let me beat Jacare first – and that’s not an easy thing to do – then we’ll take it from there.”

That now gets put on hold.

Philippou was going after his fifth straight win, and the fight with Souza was his highest-profile opponent yet. After a unanimous decision loss on short notice in his UFC debut, the Serra-Longo fighter, a teammate of current top middleweight contender Chris Weidman, picked up wins over Jorge Rivera, Jared Hamman, Court McGee and Riki Fukuda.

But it was his third-round TKO of Tim Boetsch, a fight he took filling in for an injured Weidman at UFC 155, that put him squarely in the middleweight contender conversation.

Souza was coming into the fight with Philippou on a three-fight win streak for his UFC debut. After beating Tim Kennedy for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title in August 2010, he defended the belt with a submission win over Robbie Lawler. But Luke Rockhold then took it from him with a unanimous decision win in September 2011.

After losing the belt, “Jacare” went on a tear, stopping Bristol Marunde with a third-round submission, knocking out out Derek Brunson in just 41 seconds and tapping Ed Herman in the first round at Strikeforce’s final show in January.

If he remains on the card, it will be the Brazilian’s first fight in his home country since 2007.

It is the second high-profile cut to affect the top end of a UFC main card in the past month. At UFC on FUEL TV 9 this past month in Sweden, main-event light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson had a cut knock him from his fight with Gegard Mousasi just days before the event. Teammate Ilir Latifi filled in for him and dropped a unanimous decision.

UFC on FX 8 features a main event middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The four-fight main card on FX also is scheduled to include a middleweight bout between Chris Camozzi (19-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Rafael Natal (15-4-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC), plus Rafael dos Anjos (18-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Evan Dunham (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at lightweight.

For the latest on UFC on FX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Constantinos Philippou)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Roy Nelson: ‘Derrick Lewis is the Black Fedor’ (Full Scrum Video)

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

Heading into his UFC Fight Night 90 "black panty night" co-main event, Roy Nelson calls his opponent, knockout artist Derrick Lewis, the Black Fedor. read news >>

Lorenzo Fertitta on Rumored UFC Sale: ‘There’s Nothing to Report’

  • 21 days ago
  • 12 views

Company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White continue to deny that the UFC has been sold. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 90 & TUF 23 Finale: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 21 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC 200 comes our way on Saturday, but the UFC will also give us two additional events in the days preceding the stacked card. Each card features a UFC championship on the line. UFC Fight Night 90 ta read news >>

UFC 200: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 19 days ago
  • 17 views

It's been a rough week, but UFC 200 is almost upon us! In about 24 hours, a who's who of top UFC talent will enter the cage, ranging from elite prospects to fan favorites to current champions to all- read news >>

UFC 200 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC Fight Night 91

  • 17 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC 200 is in the books. The results are as follows, per Bleacher Report's own Craig Amos: UFC 200 Main Card Amanda Nunes def. Miesha Tate, submission (Round 1, 3:16) Brock Lesnar def. Mark Hunt, una read news >>

UFC Fight Night 91: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 15 days ago
  • 26 views

Just days after UFC 200, the hubbub around UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is minimal. The event, headlined by Michael McDonald vs. John Lineker, has a fun lineup, and what's better read news >>

Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for July 2016

  • 11 days ago
  • 59 views

So...crazy month for MMA and the UFC, huh? Big fights happened, big fights didn't happen and a half-dozen big events have come and gone. In the month since the last installment of the Bleacher Report read news >>

Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 9 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC on Fox 20 has a lightweight co-main event that fans will be standing to watch. The human highlight reel that is Edson Barboza (17-4) takes on the returning Gilbert Melendez (22-5) in Chicago. Bar read news >>

Brock Lesnar Allegedly Tested Positive for Same Estrogen Blocker as Jon Jones

  • 8 days ago
  • 142 views

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Brock Lesnar allegedly tested positive for one of the same substances as Jon Jones. read news >>

UFC on Fox 20: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 6 days ago
  • 39 views

UFC on Fox 20 goes down Saturday from The Windy City, also known as Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is also known as The City of Broad Shoulders. That image might have some traction in the camp of one Hol read news >>