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VIDEO: Jacare Souza Annihilates Two Sparring Partners With Vicious Body Shots

(An artist’s recreation of what it’s like to train with Jacare. Actual video after the jump.)

The evolution of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s striking has really been a beautiful thing to witness. Like Rafael Dos Anjos — and to a lesser extent, Thales Leites — Souza has gone from a one-dimensional grappler to an absolute terror in every aspect of the fight game. So what if he was among the best in the world in that one dimension? Seeing a guy who can KO Derek Brunson with a check-hook one minute and submit Gegard Mousasi with a guillotine the next is what this sport is all about!!

Now preparing for what is surely a #1 contender bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 194 — a fight that has been rescheduled three times due to various injuries and illnesses on both ends — it appears that Souza has stepped up his striking game to an even more ferocious level. Just check out the video above, where “Jacare” channels his inner Bas Rutten and drops two of his sparring partners with vicious body shots while the rest of his gym just kind of looks on in horror.

Video after the jump.


Yoel Romero vs. Jacare Souza Joins Already Stacked UFC 194 Card in December

(There’s probably a fight happening somewhere in this picture, but I’ll be damned if I can see anything but Mike Beltran’s awesome beard. Look at how it flows with the wind, Nation, like a field of wheat or those giant rubber wipers at a carwash that you would always pretend were octopus tentacles when you were a kid. Remember being that age, your mind full of wonder and excitement at even the simplest of things? Now there is only cynicism. Cynicism and self-loathing brought about by your lack of a beard as cool as Mike Beltran’s……………………………

…………………………………………….I have completely forgotten what I was talking about.)

We know that declaring any UFC card in today’s era as “stacked” is all but the kiss of death, but you guys, UFC 194 is stacked. That it only has three fights booked so far is a testament to how stacked it is, and unfortunately also a testament to how doomed it is to lose at least one of those fights within the coming weeks.

But for now, the December 12th-scheduled card will feature a pair of title fights in Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo and Chris Weidman vs. Taylor Swift’s BFF. As if that wasn’t enough, the UFC announced earlier today that another key middleweight matchup will take place on the card as well: 4th-ranked Yoel Romero vs. 3rd-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.


Here Comes A New Challenger: Matches to Make – UFC on FOX 15

(Quick Felice, the spinach! Go for the spinach!!” via Getty.)

By Sam Stilson

UFC on FOX: Machida vs. Rockhold always looked incredible on paper, but few would have expected its impact on three separate divisions. Yes, three out of the four favourites on the main card won, but the manner in which they dominated their opponents was completely unexpected. There’s a new pecking order laid out and more entries in Dana White’s proverbial mix than a Girl Talk setlist (Is he still cool? No? OK, that’s what I thought).

With so much fresh blood in the water, let’s take a look at the most logical next fights for our main card competitors.


UFC on FOX 15 Highlights/Results: Rockhold Dominates Machida, Holloway Batters Swanson + More

(via UFC on FOX.)

Heading into last weekend’s stacked UFC on FOX 15 card, headliners Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold were being given little more than a coin flip’s chance against one another in their middleweight #1 contender match. But once the cage door closed, it was another story entirely. Rockhold dominated Machida — a guy who had looked nearly untouchable himself since dropping to 185 lbs — in every aspect of the game (but especially on the ground) en route to a second round submission. Physically, Rockhold appeared as if he was fighting down a weight class, a facet made all the more confounding when you consider that he was facing a former light-heavyweight champion.

UFC on FOX 15 was a “changing of the guard” card in many respects, with the biggest prospects (Sterling, Holloway, VanZant) going a perfect 3-0 over veterans of the game. It was also a night that finally closed the book on whether or not we should permanently erase TUF 19 from our memories. (Hint: Yes, yes we should.). So join us after the jump for all the highlights and a full list of results.


Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Catches Pneumonia, UFC 184 Fight With Yoel Romero Postponed

(Souza is the alligator-man in front. Romero is the guy in the diaper, obviously. Props: Luke Rockhold’s Instagram)

Well shoot, this one kind of hurts. Due to a bout of pneumonia, top middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has withdrawn from his scheduled meeting with Yoel Romero at UFC 184 (February 28th, Los Angeles). UFC officials have decided to reschedule the match for a later date, rather than find a replacement opponent for Romero at the event.

With Jacare vs. Romero scratched, a prelim bout between lightweights Tony Ferguson and Yancy Medeiros has been pulled up to the PPV main card. The current UFC 184 lineup looks like this:


Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Yoel Romero Added to UFC 184

(Real shirt, available here for $15. Finger-pointing swagger and missing tooth not included.)

A middleweight bout between top contenders Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero has been added to the stacked UFC 184: Weidman vs. Belfort lineup, February 28th in Los Angeles. The UFC confirmed the booking this morning.

It’s a match with high stakes, as it could theoretically produce a new title contender at 185-pounds. Jacare is currently listed as the #3 middleweight contender in the promotion’s rankings, and is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC with stoppage wins against Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami, and Gegard Mousasi. Romero is ranked #6 and is 5-0 in the UFC, with four of those wins coming via KO/TKO. The “Soldier of God” most recently picked up a very controversial win against Tim Kennedy (#stoolgate), but nevertheless, this is a dangerous dude who can swing the hammers.

As it stands, UFC 184 will feature two title fights, a win-or-GTFO match in the heavyweight division, and now a potential #1 contender bout at middleweight. Meanwhile, this Saturday’s UFC 180 card in Mexico City is 59% non-wiki, but that’s none of my business.


UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — Main Card Results & Commentary

(Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi, showing about as much intensity as the average person does while ordering fast food at a drive-through. / Photo via Getty)

Welcome to CagePotato’s liveblog of UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi — aka, the stunning conclusion of #FridayNightWars. Tonight on FOX Sports 1, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi battle for the chance to get “pretty damn close” to a middleweight title shot, while Lean ‘n’ Mean Alistair Overeem trades bombs with fellow heavyweight Ben Rothwell. Also: Matt Mitrione takes on Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis, and lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon meets Michael Chiesa in a battle of skinny grapplers. Plus, there’s a guy on the prelims who fought 13 days ago. Crazy!

In the immortal words of Jeff Monson: “You like watching people get f*cked for free?” Then follow us after the jump for round-by-round results from the UFC Fight Night 50 main card, which our dear friend Ryan Harkness will be compiling after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET, along with his usual charming commentary. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest, and follow us on twitter for even more hijinx. Thanks for being here.


UFC Fight Night 50 Video Hype: Jacare Souza’s Origin Story, Derrick Lewis’s ‘Two Lives’ + More

We ain’t even gonna front — UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi is one of the best free cards of the year, and you have no reason not to watch the action-heavy six-fight four-fight main card tomorrow night on FOX Sports 1. Get familiar with the lineup by watching these new preview videos from the UFC YouTube channel.

Above: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza describes his journey in MMA and his thoughts on opponent Gegard Mousasi. (By the way, props to whoever designed the X-Gym doors. Super classy.) Below: Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis discusses the violent experiences that shaped his early life, and how he’s matured through MMA.

After the jump: Ben Rothwell vows to beat Alistair Overeem‘s ass, and the full “Countdown” episode for UFC Fight Night 50, which includes a look at the Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa matchup.


Weekend Round-up: Aldo Accuses Mendes of Steroid Use, A Fighter is Out of UFC on FOX 12, and More

(Angry Jose Aldo looks identical to Happy Jose Aldo)

It’s been a rare, event-less weekend. Despite the lack of fisticuffs, Saturday and Sunday have been packed with quite a bit of mid-level news and fight booking house-keeping matters.

The biggest recent news has been a spat between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. As you’ve likely heard, an Aldo injury forced “postponement” [Ed's note: LOL] of UFC 176.

Mendes took Aldo to task over this on the MMA Hour, saying:

If Aldo can’t stay healthy and is too fragile to go through a training camp, then I think it is time to step aside and let guys who are able to do that and able to push through all that stuff, to be a champ.

To put it bluntly, Aldo was fucking pissed. He told Combate (translation via MMA Fighting):

Maybe I have so many injuries because I’m not taking the same ‘supplements’ you take. I have injuries because I train a lot to beat you like I did last time, and I think you remember that and still have nightmares about it. I did all the medical exams I had to do, but if you’re a doctor now, I can send them so you can take a look. Maybe you can prescript one of your supplements so I can heal faster.

The one who gets beat up usually runs away from another beating, but you can’t run forever because I’m going after you. Before the cage is closed you can say whatever you want, because once they close it you won’t be able to open your mouth, so keep talking while you have a mouth. And who are you to say where we are going to fight? I don’t think Dana White would be happy to see someone making his decisions.

You’re the one who seems to only fight at your home, who desperately doesn’t want to fight in Brazil. I got injured before and my fight with Frankie Edgar was moved from Brazil to Las Vegas. I fought your coach in your home, fought at Mark Hominick’s home in front of 55,000 fans, I fought in Japan and Europe. And now you tell me you want to be the champion? A champion doesn’t choose opponents or where the fight is going to be. And now I ask you, who’s the real pussy?

Harsh words from a harsh man.

In other UFC news…


Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza 2 Moved to UFC Fight Night 50 in Connecticut

(Jacare Souza, smiling like a man who clearly doesn’t remember getting upkicked in the face six years ago. Photo via Combate/Globo)

In the wake of UFC 176′s cancellation, scheduled co-main event fighter Gegard Mousasi posted the following on Facebook:


Mousasi later erased the post, but it was too late — the UFC responded to his sarcasm by reassigning his rematch with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to Fight Night 50, the September 5th card being held on an Indian reservation in Connecticut, ten miles away from a Bellator show.

To be honest, we doubt the UFC brass had any malicious intent with this booking, but it’s still a kick in the nuts to go from a pay-per-view event at the Staples Center to a Friday night FS1 card in Ledyard, CT. Mousasi vs. Souza hasn’t officially been named as the UFC Fight Night 50 main event, although that’s certainly a possibility, considering that the only other notable fight on the lineup right now is Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa. We’ll keep you posted.

Fun fact: UFC Fight Night 50 comes smack in the middle of an eight-week stretch that will feature 10 UFC events. So yeah. The eyes of the world will be watching.