August 22, 2012 Leave a comment
Brazil series ~ Volume forty seven. Ronaldo Jacaré Souza
Middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (16-3-0, 1 NC) is a veteran of Jungle Fight, DREAM & Strikeforce and a black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu. Prior to his MMA career, he was a 5 time world BJJ champion and the winner of the -87KG division at ADCC. Fighting out of the X-GYM, he debuted for Jungle Fight in 2003 and created an impressive 7-1 record with many finishes by TKO strikes or submission. In 2008 he was signed by DREAM to compete in their middleweight tournament, where he defeated Ian Murphy, Jason Miller and Zelg Gaelsic to reach the finals, eventually losing to tournament winner Gegard Mousasi. In 2009 he was signed by Strikeforce, winning fights over veterans Matt Linland and Joey Villaseñor. In 2010 he defeated Tim Kennedy to win the Strikeforce middleweight belt. Ronaldo Jacare would defend his title successfully against Robbie lawler but would lose a controversial split decision to Luke Rockhold, in a fight where Jacare dropped Rockhold twice, scoring the heavier shots and landing multiple take downs. Since the defeat, Ronaldo Jacare has come back and looked amazing, with an arm triangle submission over Bristol Marunde and a knock out of Derek Brunston which guaranteed Jacare the next title shot. Ronaldo Jacare is world class on the ground and his striking is improving with every fight. Without doubt he is my favourite Jiu Jitsu fighter of all time.
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