Former UFC middleweight contender and undisputed Strikeforce middleweight champion, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza has formally introduced his retirement from skilled blended martial arts profession, following his current launch from the North American promotion.
Souza, who final featured at UFC 262 again in Might on the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas — struggling the primary submission lack of his storied skilled profession after he suffered a fractured humerus in his proper arm following a gap spherical armbar try from compatriot, Andre Muniz.
The 41-year-old slumped to his fourth consecutive loss in opposition to Muniz, following a knockout defeat to Kevin Holland, in addition to pair of resolution blemishes in opposition to present gentle heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz in his divisional bow, after a loss to Jack Hermansson. Following his loss to Muniz, Souza was launched from his contract with the UFC.
A 37-fight skilled veteran, Souza, who’s recognised as one of the vital embellished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners to make the transition to the game, established an expert file of 26-10 since his transition to the game again in September 2003.
The Espirito Santo native has scooped undisputed below the now-defunct Strikeforce banner — taking a unanimous resolution victory over Tim Kennedy to elevate the vacant crown again in August of 2010. In his sole profitable title defence, Souza submitted former undisputed UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler.
Talking throughout a current podcast with Brazilian outlet, Combate reporters, Marcelo Russio and Ana Hissa, Souza confirmed that he can be hanging up his gloves from skilled blended martial arts competitors.
“I’ve fought lots, I retired from (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu very early,” Souza stated. “I feel I’ve fought loads of MMA and I don’t intend to battle once more. Its actually over. I’m retiring from MMA, and I’m returning to the game that I made historical past (in), the game that I actually like.“
“I’m going again to coaching and, who is aware of, I’ll return to competing (in submission grappling),” Souza defined. “I’m challenge-driven, and Jiu-Jitsu for me is turning into a problem, as a result of it’s very advanced, there’s loads of new stuff. It’s lovely to see.“
Souza, a shocking fourth diploma Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt below Henrique Machado, has managed to scoop gold twice within the ADCC World Championships, in addition to managing a staggering eight separate World Jiu-Jitsu Championship victories.
In his blended martial arts profession, Souza has bested the likes of Alexander Shlemenko, Jason Miller, Matt Lindland, Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler, Derek Brunson (x2), Yushin Okami, Gegard Mousasi, Vitor Belfort, and Chris Weidman.
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