Ronaldo Souza


Fight set for UFC Brazil
September 10, 2019
Souza is set to square off against Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC Brazil, Dave Doyle of reports.
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.
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Won't retire just yet
April 29, 2019
Souza doesn't plan to retire, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Souza disappointingly lost to Jack Hermansson during UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday and now seems even further away from a shot at the middleweight title. He previously said in an interview with Helwani last month that he'd retire if a title fight wasn't given following Saturday's bout, but apparently he's had a change of heart and will continue to press on despite his bleak chance of landing a title fight.
Costly loss damages title aspirations
April 27, 2019
Souza lost to Jack Hermansson via unanimous decision (46-49, 47-48, 47-48) at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
The duo traded shots in the first round before Souza was caught and taken to the ground, where Hermansson attempted to lock in a guillotine. A wizard on the mat, Souza was able to escape and get back to his feet. He ate a few more shots against the cage and appeared to drop the first frame. A minute into the second, Hermansson completed a well-timed takedown and spent the rest of the round on top, landing relentless ground and pound and potentially taking a 10-8 round. In the third, Souza defended several early takedown attempts and began to get more comfortable with his striking. He started to add up body shots that were clearly wearing on Hermansson, and likely allowed Souza to take the round after closing with several big overhand rights. Souza failed to capitalize on the damage he did to the body in the next round, while Hermansson seemed to get a second wind. Souza did connect with a few power shots towards the end, but the round likely went to Hermansson, as Souza was largely timid in this frame. Heading into the fifth and needing a finish, Jacare simply didn't have enough left in the tank. He managed a late flurry, but finished the fight on his back. Souza didn't have much to gain in this fight, but had everything to lose. A loss to the No. 10-ranked middleweight puts a major dent in his title hopes, and it will be tough to bounce back at 39 years old.
Replacement opponent lined up
April 8, 2019
Souza will now take on Jack Hermansson in a middleweight bout at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
While Okamoto initially reported a verbal agreement, it was later confirmed by both MMA Junkie and Souza was originally scheduled to face off with Yoel Romero, who was forced to withdraw from the fight after coming down with a serious case of pneumonia that would have affected his training and weight cut. A fight against Hermansson isn't as big of a step towards the title as Romero would have been, but he still draws a challenging opponent that has won five of his last six fights. Both men stand at 6-1, but Souza will be conceding five inches in reach to "The Joker." Hermansson sports a respectable 73 percent takedown defense, which will be key to thwarting the offensive attack of Souza -- a jiu-jitsu specialist that would prefer the fight to play out on the ground.
Needs new opponent April 27
April 4, 2019
Souza will no longer face Yoel Romero in South Florida on April 27, as Romero has been forced to withdraw due to illness, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Souza lost his first fight against Romero via split decision, and had been eagerly awaiting a rematch opportunity against one of the division's top contenders. Instead, he'll now be in search of a new opponent with the card just over three weeks away, though a report has already surfaced from Marcelo Russio of that a fight against Paulo Costa is in the works. Stay tuned for confirmation on what would be a challenging main event spot for Souza.
Gets his rematch with Yoel Romero
March 7, 2019
Souza will fight Yoel Romero (orbital) in a middleweight matchup at UFC Miami on April 27, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.
After Paulo Costa (undisclosed) -- who was originally pinned against Romero -- was removed from the card altogether, Souza will get his shot. Souza lost his last matchup with Romero in controversial fashion back in December of 2015, so he'll look to get revenge on the now 41-year-old. The first meeting was a three-round fight in which Romero won the striking battle 46 to 30, but Souza recorded a takedown and passed guard twice. Souza went on to drop a split decision, which snapped an eight-fight winning streak at the time. Since that fight, Souza has cashed in a 4-2 record, most recently defeating Chris Weidman via third-round KO at UFC 230 last November.