UFC Veteran Jacare Souza has been released by the UFC after he broke his arm in the first-round submission loss to Andre Muniz at UFC 262.
Another UFC veteran has been cut from the roster. UFC recently has been cutting off fighters in the pandemic time as they just want the best and upcoming fighters. Veterans like Junior Dos Santos, Overeem, Diego Sanchez, and now the new addition to the list is the long-time middleweight fighter Jacare Souza. ESPN reported the news, after confirming to UFC officials and Souza’s manager, Andre Pederneiras.
Jacare Souza last fought at UFC 262 against Andre Muniz. The fight was competitive on the feet but the moment Muniz was on his back with Jacare in his guard he tried to lock an arm-bar but somehow Souza’s arm got trapped in a very weird angle and snapped by the time he could tapout. The loss extended Jacare’s losing streak to four losses in a row.
Souza underwent surgery the next day after the fight to fix his broken arm. It’s unclear what’s next for the 41-year-old fighter. Souza’s manager Andre Pederneiras confirmed the validity of the release information on Thursday with ESPN. “Jacare” does not yet know what his future will bring in combat sports, but will continue to rehab his broken arm, Pederneiras said. “‘Jacare’ just wants to take a rest now and take care of his family for now,” Pederneiras said.
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza’s run in the UFC
Ronaldo joined UFC from Strikeforce. He was the middleweight champion at strikeforce where he won the belt by defeating Tim Kennedy. He went on to defend the belt against Robbie Lawler but then lost the title to Luke Rockhold.
Jacare competed in the UFC from 2010 to 2021 during this time he defeated notable fighters such as Weidman, Derek Brunson, Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, Derek Brunson. Souza’s last win was a knockout win over former champion Chris Weidman back in 2018.
He was one of the best middleweights in the world but in his recent fights, he wasn’t able to show his old self as a 41-year-old it was hard for him to match up the will to win against some young hungry fighters. Jacare is 1-5 in his last six UFC fights.
After his surgery, he went back to his home in Florida and sent a message to his fans through Instagram.
“So happy to return to my home and see my children again, after almost 10 days,” he wrote. “I thank you once again for all the support and affection in the messages you are sending me.”
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