Written by Nick Portella
On this week’s edition of Fighter of the Week, we will be looking at #5 middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Jacare is coming off a very impressive and dominating victory against Tim Boetsch via first round submission (Kimura) in the 1st round February 11, 2017 at UFC 208. Souza has been on the hunt for a title shot with a record of 24-4 with 1 NC.
Let’s take a look at the path Souza has taken to make him a contender today. Souza has been on the path to greatness from day one. He has fallen victim to TKO/KO twice early, in his career with his last one in 2008. The only other losses he has suffered have been via decision. Souza is a high level Jiu Jitsu practitioner with 17 of his 24 wins coming via submission. Souza has won the World Championship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 8 times, and won the ADCC submission wrestling world championship twice.
Souza made his professional debut September 13, 2003 at Jungle Fight 1 where he lost via KO. He then went on an 11 fight win streak with a notable victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller. He then lost again via KO and had a fight deemed a no contest. Souza then won 12 of his next 13 fights only being defeated by Luke Rockhold via decision. Notable wins during that run were against Derek Brunson, Robbie Lawler, and avenging a previous loss against Gegard Mousasi.
Strikeforce was the main fight ground for Souza until signing with UFC and fighting on May 18, 2013. He has only one loss in the UFC and it was at the hands of Yoel Romero, the current number one contender, via decision. A decision that has been debated by many. Souza has made it very clear that he does not want to sit around. If he is not getting the next title shot, which is unlikely, he will fight anyone to keep the ball rolling.
While Souza is a dominant fighter with a great submission and ground game, this led him to his fight with Tim Boetsch. He had a flawless fight against Tim dominating from the sound of the bell. He stopped Boetsch in the first round at UFC 208 to make him 24-4. He was also the only one to have a finish at UFC 208 while the rest of the card all went to decision. Although he will not be getting the next title shot he is definitely a force to be reckoned with and you will be seeing him in the octagon with a championship belt on the line in the future. A UFC championship belt would seal a great career.