Ronaldo Souza


Replacement opponent lined up
April 8, 2019
Souza will now take on Jack Hermansson in a middleweight bout at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
While Okamoto initially reported a verbal agreement, it was later confirmed by both MMA Junkie and Souza was originally scheduled to face off with Yoel Romero, who was forced to withdraw from the fight after coming down with a serious case of pneumonia that would have affected his training and weight cut. A fight against Hermansson isn't as big of a step towards the title as Romero would have been, but he still draws a challenging opponent that has won five of his last six fights. Both men stand at 6-1, but Souza will be conceding five inches in reach to "The Joker." Hermansson sports a respectable 73 percent takedown defense, which will be key to thwarting the offensive attack of Souza -- a jiu-jitsu specialist that would prefer the fight to play out on the ground.
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Needs new opponent April 27
April 4, 2019
Souza will no longer face Yoel Romero in South Florida on April 27, as Romero has been forced to withdraw due to illness, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Souza lost his first fight against Romero via split decision, and had been eagerly awaiting a rematch opportunity against one of the division's top contenders. Instead, he'll now be in search of a new opponent with the card just over three weeks away, though a report has already surfaced from Marcelo Russio of that a fight against Paulo Costa is in the works. Stay tuned for confirmation on what would be a challenging main event spot for Souza.
Gets his rematch with Yoel Romero
March 7, 2019
Souza will fight Yoel Romero (orbital) in a middleweight matchup at UFC Miami on April 27, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.
After Paulo Costa (undisclosed) -- who was originally pinned against Romero -- was removed from the card altogether, Souza will get his shot. Souza lost his last matchup with Romero in controversial fashion back in December of 2015, so he'll look to get revenge on the now 41-year-old. The first meeting was a three-round fight in which Romero won the striking battle 46 to 30, but Souza recorded a takedown and passed guard twice. Souza went on to drop a split decision, which snapped an eight-fight winning streak at the time. Since that fight, Souza has cashed in a 4-2 record, most recently defeating Chris Weidman via third-round KO at UFC 230 last November.
Nearing title shot after finishing Chris Weidman in NYC
November 3, 2018
Jacare defeated Chris Weidman via TKO (punches) at 2:46 of Round 3 at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
It's entirely possible that Jacare isn't human and is just some type of robot. Getting the short end of this kickboxing match in Round 1, Souza made a concerted effort to turn the fight into an all-out brawl in Round 2 and it may have very well earned him the victory. Jacare began to limit the space that Weidman had to operate and he slowly proceeded to land more shots than his opponent despite the fact his striking defense remained poor. Jacare struggles to get his head off the center line and while it didn't hurt him on Saturday, it remains an issue moving forward. Jacare is seemingly closing in on a title shot despite the fact he is just 2-2 in his last four fights. Souza undoubtedly remains one of the best middleweights in the world despite the fact he will turn 39 years old next month.
Switched to co-main event
October 20, 2018
Souza got bumped up to the co-main event for UFC 230 on Nov. 3 and will now face Chris Weidman, reports.
Souza had been originally scheduled to take on David Branch, but plans changed after Weidman's original opponent, Luke Rockhold, withdrew due to injury. Souza's new opponent has a 14-3 career record as a professional, but all three of those losses have come in his last four matches. Branch will now square off against Jared Cannonier instead of Souza.
Fight with David Branch official
July 20, 2018
Souza will square off with David Branch in a middleweight fight at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Souza hinted at the possibility of the fight a few weeks ago after Branch had called him out numerous times. Now Branch gets his wish, as Souza will take his 25-6 overall MMA record to Madison Square Garden later this fall. Souza has won three of his last five fights, but lost his most recent bout via split decision to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224 in May. "Jacare" typically has a big advantage on the mat over his opponents as one of the best grapplers in the game, but he won't necessarily be able to walk all over Branch in this one, as Branch owns a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie and is plenty formidable on the mat himself. Branch is just 2-1 in the UFC but has won 12 of his last 13 fights overall, most of which came under the WSOF banner.