Bad news for Jacare Souza fans.
Despite a higher ranking -- and a more dominant performance his last time out -- the No. 2 ranked middleweight contender will not get the chance to rematch Luke Rockhold in the UFC 199 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place on Sat., June 4, 2016 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
That honor goes to 185-pound veteran Michael Bisping.
THIS JUST IN: Dana White announces #LIVEonSC that Michael Bisping will replace Chris Weidman at UFC 199. pic.twitter.com/cISyY2RCM9— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 18, 2016
Souza is facing knee surgery following his UFC 198 win over Vitor Belfort.
"The Count" will sub for the ailing Chris Weidman, who injured his neck in the weeks leading up to fight night (details). Bisping was last seen capturing a close unanimous decision win over aging ex-champion Anderson Silva earlier this year on UFC Fight Pass.
Rockhold is no stranger to the British brawler, having choked him into the loss column in late 2014. To his credit, Bisping (28-7) went on to capture his next three fights, while his June 4 opponent slugged his way to the division summit at UFC 194.
Not sure how this one turns out any differently, but this is MMA and anything can happen and blah, blah, blah.
See the new UFC 199 fight card and line up here.