SPOTLIGHT: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
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UFC Charlotte is this weekend, and us at Untitled MMA are going to cover the main event, a top-10 Middleweight clash between Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson. We continue today with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Before MMA, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was a BJJ legend. He began training at 17, and from there became an 8-time world champion in the sport. He was widely regarded as one of the best BJJ practitioners of all time. When he moved into MMA, this was his strength, and he has won 17 of his 24 wins by way of submission. He has fought around the world and finally made his UFC debut in 2013, where he has continued to succeed at the highest level. This fight with Derek Brunson could put “Jacare” in talks for a crack at the 185 strap.
As it has been stated, Souza has one advantage in nearly every fight he is in: his ground game is other-worldly. Being an 8-time world champion gives you that advantage. If the fight goes to the ground, you’re in Souza’s territory. He can lock in a sub from everywhere, and he has demonstrated that in his short UFC career, from kimuras to triangles. He also has racked up 6 wins by KO, including the first fight with Brunson. He has hands, and he can make you tap once it goes to the ground. He is about as well rounded as they come, a master of one art, but is a true martial artist in every sense of the word.
Jacare Souza is a real animal. He can really win a fight wherever it goes, whether it be on the feet or on the ground. He of course would rather be on the ground, so look for him to look for a takedown or bait Brunson into one in order for him to choke the life out of him. This is a dangerous, dangerous man, and he looks to prove why they call him “Alligator” on Saturday night.
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