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Booking Roundup: Jacare-Brunson at Strikeforce: Tate v Rousey, Vemola-Massenzio at UFC on Fox 3

After rattling off four straight wins under the Strikeforce banner, including a title earning UD over Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Houston, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was gaining a lot of praise throughout the MMA blogosphere; some sites even went as far as to claim that he was one of the last challengers out there with a chance of beating Anderson Silva. Many of us thought this hype was a bit inflated, and following his rather uninspiring (not to mention title losing) effort against current champ Luke Rockhold, it seemed that  ”Jacare” was all but completely written off, destined to be the number two fighter in a promotion that was quickly running out of potential, not to mention challenging, match-ups.

Well, it looks like Souza will not be given an easy fight to begin his climb back to the top, as he has been booked to take on tough undefeated prospect Derek Brunson on the main card of the upcoming Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event, which goes down March 3rd from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Brunson, who has compiled 3 straight in Strikeforce, is a well rounded fighter out of Team Jackson who has notched 4 TKO victories alongside 3 submissions in his 9 fight career, most recently scoring a unanimous decision over Nate James at Strikeforce Challengers 20.

In other fight booking news…

Believe it or not, Mike Massenzio WAS able to walk away from his first round submission loss to Rousimar Palhares, which is more than we could say for this poor guy, and will square off against Karlos Vemola at UFC on Fox 3. Vemola was set to face CP blogger and MFC Light Heavyweight champion Ryan Jimmo back at UFC on FX 1, but the bout was scrapped after Jimmo suffered an undisclosed injury and was forced to withdraw. Currently 1-2 in his UFC run, Vemola may be fighting for his contract when he faces a consistently inconsistent performer in Massenzio, who has yet to put together a two fight win streak in his 7-fight octagon career.

Who takes these, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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ArmFarmer- February 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm
wtf.. that title is very confusing. I was like no way, tate vs rousey is going down in ufc on fox!?
XENOPHON- February 3, 2012 at 10:56 am
@FT:Now that is ^GAY^
Viva Hate- February 3, 2012 at 10:35 am
When will we be seeing Jimmo make his UFC debut? And speaking of Kennedy, wasn’t he supposed to be UFC bound? Come on UFC get these guys in the cage!
Fried Taco- February 3, 2012 at 9:19 am
Jacare all day!
Buster Hyman- February 3, 2012 at 9:18 am
bootystar- February 3, 2012 at 9:08 am
the network should do better, then this will work