UFC middleweight Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza is usually known for his historically great grappling, but Saturday night at UFC on Fox 27, it was the #3 ranked middleweight’s
striking that stole the show. The knockout via headkick and punches scratched the fourth tally in Souza’s knockout column, making it his second on Derek Brunson alone.
Souza took the octagon against Brunson in a rematch from their Strikeforce days, in which “Jacaré” knocked out Brunson only one minute into the first round.
“Jacaré”, Portugese for alligator, is a fitting name for Souza who has won by finish in 21 of his 31 pro MMA fights. Souza made a statement with his knockout performance that should elevate him into the discussion for title contention. With UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker currently sidelined by injury, the #1 Yoel Romero and #2 Luke Rockhold will battle for the interim championship at UFC 221 next month.
Questions still remain, however, for Souza. In the past decade, “Jacaré” has lost just three times, which is pretty impressive until you dig a little deeper. Those three losses just so happen to be at the hands of Rockhold, Romero, and most recently Whittaker back in April 2017.
“Jacaré” is widely regarded as one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners ever, boasting a resume that includes eight world championships and ADCC gold.
-Jordan Kurtz AKA Kurtzy F is a founding member of Comments From The Peanut Gallery.