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Ronaldo Souza In The News
Ronaldo Souza Profile
While Anderson Silva is the beneficiary of the Zuffa hype machine and their supplicants in the 'MMA media', Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza may actually be the best middleweight fighter in the world. Possessing off the charts Jiu Jitsu skills, Souza may never get the opportunity to prove that he is the best in the world now that Strikeforce is owned by UFC parent Zuffa and the Japanese MMA scene is in disarray.
Souza lost his professional MMA debut but has been dominant ever since. His only loss since then came in the Middleweight Grand Prix final for the Japanese DREAM promotion. He was caught by a perfectly timed upkick from Gegard Mousasi and lost via knockout. He also has a 'no contest' on his record when overmatched American fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller needed a way out of a fight he was losing badly and found it via an illegal soccer style kick that opened a nasty cut on Souza.
Souza now holds the Strikeforce middleweight championship—he won the vacant title from Tim Kennedy in 2010 and has defended it once against Robbie Lawler. Souza will face wrestling specialist Luke Rockhold in his next title defense at a Strikeforce event in early September.
Souza's nickname 'Jacare' comes from a Portuguese slang term for 'alligator'. In addition to his MMA accomplishments Souza is a five time World Jiu Jitsu champion and has also competed in a number of submission wrestling and grappling events. Hopefully Souza will not suffer the effects of the UFC's efforts to 'protect' their fighters from superior competitors from other promotions. Since they are both of Brazilian ancestry and train at the same gym, it's unlikely that a head to head matchup between Souza and Anderson Silva would manifest itself even under the best of circumstances.