Jacare Souza Chokes Out Gegard Mousasi
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza exacted revenge over Gegard Mousasi by submitting him in the third round of their five round main event bout at UFC Fight Night 50 last Friday at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Long Wait is Over
Souza (21-3 with 2 knockouts and 15 submissions) waited for six years to finally get another crack at Mousasi ( 35-5-2 with 18 knockouts and 12 submissions) who knocked him out in their 2008 fight for the Dream middleweight championship in Japan.
This time around, Souza used his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt to repeatedly take down the UFC 7th ranked middleweight and wear him down for the finish in the third round.
Pressing the Ground Attack
Souza pressed the action right from the opening bell, shooting single leg attempts on Mousasi. He finally got his first takedown midway through round one and dominated Mousasi from the top. Souza’s confidence grew as the fight went on as he once again took down Mousasi in the 2nd round and nearly scored a submission when he forced Mousasi’s right arm to a kimura attempt from side position.
Mousasi looked spent to start round three and while he landed a couple of punches to start the round, Souza took him down once again early on. After Souza landed several right hands, he was able to position himself for a Guillotine choke and cranked it hard. Mousasi tapped at the 4:30 mark for his first submission loss in 8 years.
Lined Up For a Title Shot
The win extended Souza’s unbeaten UFC record to 4-0 with 1 KO and 2 submission and earned him his first Performance of the Night award in the UFC. After the bout, Souza compared his win with Lyoto Machida’s own victory over Mousasi:
“If anyone doubted( that I’m ready for the title), they are completely wrong. Lyoto fought this guy for five rounds. I finished him.”
Souza was referring to Machida’s five round unanimous decision win over Mousasi last February. Machida went on to challenge Weidman at UFC 175 but lost a competitive bout via decision.
According to UFC President Dana White, who said he was impressed with Souza’s performance, the #4 ranked middleweight is “at least one fight away” from a title shot. Undefeated UFC middleweight Champion Chris Weidman, who was at hand to watch the event, is set to defend the crown against #2 ranked contender Vitor Belfort on December 6 at the main event of UFC 181 in Las Vegas.
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