UFC Veteran Jacare Souza Hints at a Return From Retirement for a Boxing Match

Published 01/10/2022, 11:35 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Jacare Souza of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC middleweight fighter Jacare Souza might return to action soon. However, this time around, it won’t be inside the MMA ring. Instead, the Brazilian has hinted at a boxing match on his return. Currently on a four-fight skid, Souza parted ways with the UFC after his last loss at UFC 262.

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In an interview with Sherdog, Souza revealed that he is close to signing a deal for a boxing match.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Kevin Holland and Jacare Souza of Brazil face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He said, “I couldn’t stay away from my training routine. I began to train boxing, and I received a proposal to fight that I liked.”

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He added, “I cannot say the name of the event yet. What I can say is that my boxing is being sharpened already. Even though I came from jiu-jitsu, I´ve always loved boxing, and if you see my MMA fights, I’ve always had strong hands.”

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However, Souza didn’t disclose much information about his deal. Even though he is from a jiu-jitsu background, this boxing deal interests him, as boxing pays handsomely.

Jacare Souza moving to boxing is no surprise

The Brazilian middleweight fighter has an impressive professional MMA career of 26-10. He is a submission expert with 14 submission wins under his name. However, during his time in UFC, the Brazilian gradually improved his striking game too.

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As many MMA fighters have turned their attention towards the boxing universe after retiring, Souza’s decision may not come as a surprise to the MMA community. Some of the notable names that have transitioned to the boxing ring are Anderson Silva, Mike Perry, Tyron Woodley, Ben Askren, and Vitor Belfort.

Even though his striking has improved, he is nowhere near the level of the aforementioned names. Nevertheless, it will surely excite the fight fans to see the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artist in a different form of combat sport.

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What are your thoughts about Souza signing a boxing deal in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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