UFC Releases Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Following His Devastating Arm Injury at UFC 262

Published 05/21/2021, 4:42 AM EDT


Just five months into the year, MMA fans have unfortunately witnessed the downfall of some of the most fan-favorite fighters in the UFC. The likes of Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone have slumped into multiple fight losing streaks which is not good news. More often than not, the promotion lets go of fighters who are on the older side and have failed to win fights in multiple attempts. 

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Most recently, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wiz and UFC veteran Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (2-6 in his last 8) was released from the UFC. This marked the end of a journey that started in May 2013 when the Brazilian made his promotional debut. 

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Ronaldo Souza will go down as one of the best ever to do it at 185-pounds in the UFC 

Souza suffered his fourth straight loss at UFC 262 after Andre Muniz submitted him. Ironically, he suffered his first career submission defeat in what was his final UFC fight. This was also the final fight on his UFC contract.

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Jacare’, who is a highly decorated multiple-time world champion in Jiu-Jitsu, treated fans to a few master classes in grappling during his time with the promotion. He made his UFC debut as a last-minute replacement against Chris Camozzi and secured a first-round submission win on his promotional debut. 

Unfortunately, during his time with the promotion, Souza never fought for UFC gold. However, he came close to securing a title shot several times. Most notably among these was when he took on Robert Whittaker in a title eliminator in April 2017. He lost the fight and Whittaker challenged for the belt in his very next fight. 

Souza’s most recent win was a stunning knockout triumph over former champion Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in November 2018. ‘Jacare’ has always been an extremely exciting fighter to watch. Hence, the promotion, his peers, and the fans always held him in high regard. 

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What is your favorite memory of Ronaldo Souza? Is he one of the best to ever fight at middleweight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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