Ronaldo Souza
Jacare

Brazil

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Injury Illness
Est. Return 9/1/2020
Tests positive for Covid-19
MiddleweightUFC
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May 8, 2020
Souza's upcoming fight against Uriah Hall at UFC 249 on Saturday was called off after the Brazilian tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Souza was reportedly asymptomatic but was tested anyway after a family member tested positive for the disease. With the test coming on the eve of the fight, Hall will be off the card, but the rest of the event is expected to go forward.
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Hall fight moved to May 9
MiddleweightUFC
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April 26, 2020
Souza's middleweight matchup against Uriah Hall has been moved to UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
The two came close to facing off April 18 despite a global pandemic, but UFC brass was ultimately forced to move the card. It will go on as planned in the state of Florida, where the governor has deemed these types of events "essential business" as long as specific precautions are followed. Souza remains a betting favorite for the fight, sitting at roughly (-125) with the event just a few weeks away.
Will face Hall after all
MiddleweightUFC
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April 6, 2020
Souza will officially take on Uriah Hall in a middleweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
This was one of the matchups originally scheduled for a card that was supposed to take place in Brooklyn, but there was a lot of uncertainty with these fights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's now set to go down at a location rumored to be on the west coast, with Souza entering as a slight betting favorite of (-140) for the event. Souza was bested by Jan Blachowicz via split decision in an attempt to move up to light heavyweight last November, but will be back at middleweight for this fight. He's dropped three of his last four bouts, while Hall has won three of his last four. Hall will enter with a slight better mark in striking volume, as well as a seven-inch reach advantage, but Souza is a known submission specialist that will look to get Hall -- who has a 69 percent takedown defense -- to the mat.
Set to return to middleweight
MiddleweightUFC
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December 24, 2019
Souza (26-8-0, 1 NC) will take on Uriah Hall (15-9-0) in a middleweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jacare lost his most recent fight against Jan Blachowicz via split decision in the main event at UFC Sao Paulo in November, but he apparently has no plans retire despite turning 40 years old earlier in December. He'll take on Hall, who has won back-to-back fights, most recently against Antonio Carlos Junior via split decision at UFC Vancouver in September. Jacare will make his return to the middleweight division after failing to do much offensively in his light heavyweight fight against Blachowicz. Souza carries a slight height advantage, while Hall has a significant advantage in reach.
Struggles against Jan Blachowicz
MiddleweightUFC
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November 16, 2019
Souza lost to Jan Blachowicz via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Maybe Jacare deserved to win, maybe he didn't, it was close, but it was such a slow paced boring fight that it's too difficult to get worked up about the decision. Fighting for the first time at 205 pounds, Souza looked frustrated and out of sorts. Known as one of the sport's great submission specialists, Jacare failed on all five of his takedown attempts. The constant threat of the shot forced Blachowicz -- who is methodical to begin with -- to slow down his pace and respect Souza's power, but it led to Jacare doing next to nothing offensively. The Brazilian's next move remains an open question. Jacare doesn't seem ready to hang up his gloves despite turning 40 years of age early next month but he's 1-3 in his last four fights dating back to May 2018 and those failures have come in multiple weight classes.
Fight set for UFC Sao Paulo
MiddleweightUFC
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September 10, 2019
Souza is set to square off against Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo, Dave Doyle of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Souza, a former middleweight champion, will move up to 205 pounds for a light heavyweight fight. He sports a 9-4 UFC record, but is coming off a loss to Jack Hermansson via unanimous-decision. He will look to stop Blachowicz's momentum, as he is coming in with five victories in his last six fights.