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In Case You Missed It: Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Floors Derek Brunson in 41 Seconds [VIDEO]

(Props: AllTheBestFights)

Ronaldo Souza‘s recent fights have proven that his standup skills are catching up with his tremendous ability on the mat — and his striking improvement reached an important milestone on Saturday night, when he scored the first lights-out K.O. of his nine-year fight career.

“Jacare” faced 9-1 Jackson’s MMA product Derek Brunson on the main card of Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman, and in Liddell-esque fashion, Souza found his opponent’s chin with a back-pedaling counter-right that dumped Brunson on his face. A few more follow-up shots, and it was all over. Even more impressive than Souza’s finishing power was the fact that he stopped throwing as soon as he saw that Brunson was unconscious — even if referee Mike “Stache God” Beltran clearly wanted the fight to keep going.

But Souza vs. Brunson wasn’t the only great knockout from this weekend’s Strikeforce card. After the jump: Ovince St. Preux’s one-punch shutoff of T.J. Cook.

(OSP dummys up Cook at the 11:52 mark.)

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Mofo- August 21, 2012 at 8:29 am
Dayum, OSP hit the switch like he was deactivating Data.
Mofo- August 20, 2012 at 7:42 am
Jesus, I haven't seen standup as bad as Brunson since UFC 1.

I like Jacare fine, but come on guys, you can't say Jacare has amazing standup for knocking that scarecrow out. Every time Brunson kicks, BOTH hands drop like sacks of rice. He flings his arms like floppy battle ropes while his head is straight up. He should be ashamed of every movement his drunken body made during that fight.

All Jacare did was punch a man who got the advice backwards: hands down chin up.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- August 20, 2012 at 6:42 am
Oh.My.God.....that beard/stache/demigod is glorious....I have finally found something to pray to