|Born||Ronaldo Souza dos Santos
December 7, 1979
Vila Velha, Brazil
|Other names||Jacaré (Alligator)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Manaus, Brazil|
Black HouseTeam Nogueira
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
|Years active||2003 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship|
|2003 Sao Paulo||-88kg|
|2005 Long Beach||Absolute|
|2005 Long Beach||-88kg|
|World Jiu-Jitsu Championship|
|2001 Rio de Janeiro||Absolute|
|2001 Rio de Janeiro||-82kg|
|2002 Rio de Janeiro||Absolute|
|2002 Rio de Janeiro||-88kg|
|2003 Rio de Janeiro||Absolute|
|2003 Rio de Janeiro||-88kg|
|2004 Rio de Janeiro||Absolute|
|2004 Rio de Janeiro||-88kg|
|2005 Rio de Janeiro||Absolute|
|2005 Rio de Janeiro||-88kg|
Ronaldo Souza dos Santos (born December 7, 1979), nicknamed Jacaré (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒakaˈɾɛ]), is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, submission grappler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner competing in the UFC's middleweight division. Souza is the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, and has also formerly competed for DREAM, and Jungle Fight. As of May 20, 2016, he is #2 in official UFC middleweight rankings.
Souza was born in Vila Velha, Brazil, was raised in Cariacica, Brazil until the age of 15, and competed in football as a goalkeeper. Souza had a rough upbringing, and on the day he turned 15, he saw one of his good friends get shot to death. After this event, Souza's mother moved him to Manaus to go live with his brother and started training Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 17. He is a five-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, including gold medals in the Openweight class in 2003, 2004 and 2005. His other credentials include the 2005 77–87 kg ADCC Champion and the 2005 ADCC Absolute Division runner-up, only losing to Roger Gracie who outweighed him by approximately 25 lbs. Along with Roger Gracie and Marcelo Garcia, Souza is widely considered to be among the greatest BJJ practitioners of his time.
Mixed martial arts career
Souza made his mixed martial arts debut on September 9, 2003 at Jungle Fight's inaugural event where he lost to Jorge "Macaco" Patino by KO at 3:13 into the first round. He returned to mixed martial arts eight months later at Jungle Fight 2 securing a submission win over Victor Babkir under a minute into the first round. His next fight was in April 2006 at Jungle Fight 6 where he got his second win, defeating Alexander Shlemenko by an arm triangle choke submission. He went on to fight twice before the end of 2006, winning both fights by submission during the first round.
In 2006, Souza fought and drew with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture in a grappling contest. After the match Souza was invited by Couture to train at his gym. Souza accepted and started training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Souza's first fight of 2007 was on May 19 with him scoring a submission win due to strikes over veteran Bill Vucick at Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution. He would next fight twice within a two-week period on September 29 and October 13, scoring two submission wins both within the first round.
In 2008, Souza signed with Japanese MMA-promotion DREAM and was scheduled to participate in the 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand-Prix. In the first round of the tournament, at DREAM 2 on April 29, 2008, he defeated Ian Murphy by a rear-naked choke submission in the first round. This secured him a place in the quarter-finals which took place at DREAM 4 on June 15 where he fought former ICON Sport Middleweight Champion Jason "Mayhem" Miller. The fight went the distance with Souza continuously going for submissions with Miller escaping multiple rear-naked choke, leglock and armbar-attempts while mounting his own offense on the feet. Souza was awarded a unanimous decision victory which secured him a place in the semi-final of the Middleweight Grand-Prix.
In the semi-finals which took place at DREAM 6 on September 23, Souza defeated Zelg Galesic early in the first round by armbar submission. The victory earned him a place in the finals of the tournament and a shot at the DREAM Middleweight Championship against Gegard Mousasi that same night. In the fight Souza was knocked out early in the first round by an upkick as he attempted to dive past Mousasi's guard to land a strike of his own. After participating in the tournament, Souza left Xtreme Couture and went to San Diego to train with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, before leaving to train with Anderson Silva and Andre Galvao in preparation for Silva's upcoming bout with Thales Leites at UFC 97 at Black House.
Souza fought in the DREAM Middleweight Championship in a rematch with Jason Miller at DREAM 9 after Gegard Mousasi vacated the title when moving up to Light Heavyweight. The fight was called a no contest due to an illegal kick to the head that opened up a gash on Souza's head.
Souza made his Strikeforce debut on December 19, 2009 at Strikeforce: Evolution with a first-round submission win over Matt Lindland, via arm-triangle choke. In this fight, Souza showed a major improvement in his stand up game and striking. Souza faced Joey Villaseñor on May 15, 2010 at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. He won the fight via unanimous decision, dominating the first round, being very aggressive, achieving the mount position and almost achieving the submission, but slowed down on the 2nd and 3rd round.
Souza fought Tim Kennedy on August 21, 2010 at Strikeforce: Houston for the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship, and won via unanimous decision. Souza then defended the belt for the first time against Robbie Lawler, on January 29, 2011 at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg.
On August 18, 2012, Souza faced Derek Brunson in his seventh Strikeforce appearance. Souza dropped Brunson early with a counter right hand which planted Brunson on the mat and landed three ground strikes, knocking out Brunson in just 41 seconds.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Souza signed a five-fight deal with the UFC in January 2013.
Souza was expected to make his promotional debut against Costas Philippou on May 18, 2013, at UFC on FX 8. Philippou pulled out of the bout in early May, citing a cut above his eye, and was replaced by Chris Camozzi. Souza arm-triangle choked Camozzi unconscious in the first round.
Souza beat Francis Carmont by unanimous decision on February 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 36. After, he said he was injured during his training camp and would require a minimum of six weeks for recovery.
Souza was expected to rematch Gegard Mousasi on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176. When the event was cancelled, the bout was rescheduled for September 5, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 50. Souza won via submission in the third round, earning his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Souza was expected to face Yoel Romero on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184. Souza pulled out of the fight on January 15, due to pneumonia. The bout was rescheduled for April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15. Romero pulled out of the fight a week before the event, citing a ligament and meniscus tear in his knee. Souza instead rematched returning veteran Chris Camozzi, submitting him with a first-round armbar.
The bout with Romero was scheduled for a third time, eventually taking place on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194. Souza lost the bout via split decision. 12 of 17 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Souza, and 3 of 17 scored it a draw.
Souza was expected to face Luke Rockhold in a rematch on November 27, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101. However the pairing was cancelled on 1 November after Rockhold was ruled out of the contest after sustaining an undisclosed injury. As a result, Souza is expected to be removed from the card as well.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Strikeforce Middleweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Runner-up
- 2014 All-Violence Third Team
- ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship:
- ADCC 2011 Superfight Runner-up (against Braulio Estima)
- ADCC 2009 Superfight Champion (against Robert Drysdale)
- ADCC 2005 77 – 87 kg: 1st Place
- ADCC 2005 Openweight: 2nd Place
- ADCC 2003 77 – 87 kg: 2nd Place
- ADCC 2003 Brazilian Qualifiers 77 – 87 kg: 1st Place
- CBJJ World Championships:
- 2005 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
- 2005 Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
- 2004 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 2nd Place
- 2004 Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
- 2003 Brown Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
- 2003 Brown Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
- 2002 Brown Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
- 2002 Brown Belt Open Weight: 2nd Place
- 2001 Purple Belt Middle: 1st Place
- 2001 Purple Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
- CBJJ Pan American Championships:
- 2004 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
- 2004 Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
- CBJJ European Championships:
- 2005 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
- 2005 Black Belt Open Weight: 2nd Place
- CBJJ Brazilian Championships:
- 2004 Brown Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
- BJJ World Cup:
- 2005 Black belt: 2nd place
- 2004 Black belt: 1st place
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||23 wins||4 losses|
|Win||23–4 (1)||Vitor Belfort||TKO (punches)||UFC 198||May 14, 2016||1||4:38||Curitiba, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||22–4 (1)||Yoel Romero||Decision (split)||UFC 194||December 12, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–3 (1)||Chris Camozzi||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold||April 18, 2015||1||2:33||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||21–3 (1)||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi||September 5, 2014||3||4:30||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–3 (1)||Francis Carmont||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi||February 15, 2014||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||19–3 (1)||Yushin Okami||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader||September 4, 2013||1||2:47||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Win||18–3 (1)||Chris Camozzi||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||1||3:37||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||17–3 (1)||Ed Herman||Submission (kimura)||Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine||January 12, 2013||1||3:10||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States||Catchweight (194 lbs) bout.|
|Win||16–3 (1)||Derek Brunson||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman||August 18, 2012||1||0:41||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||15–3 (1)||Bristol Marunde||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||March 3, 2012||3||2:43||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||14–3 (1)||Luke Rockhold||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||5||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Lost the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||14–2 (1)||Robbie Lawler||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg||January 29, 2011||3||2:00||San Jose, California, United States||Defended the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||13–2 (1)||Tim Kennedy||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Houston||August 21, 2010||5||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Won the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||12–2 (1)||Joey Villaseñor||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||May 15, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Matt Lindland||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Evolution||December 19, 2009||1||4:18||San Jose, California, United States|
|NC||10–2 (1)||Jason Miller||No contest (cut from an illegal kick)||DREAM 9||May 26, 2009||1||2:33||Yokohama, Japan||For the vacant DREAM Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||10–2||Gegard Mousasi||KO (upkick)||Dream 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||September 23, 2008||1||2:15||Saitama, Japan||For the vacant DREAM Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||10–1||Zelg Galešić||Submission (armbar)||Dream 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||September 23, 2008||1||1:27||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Jason Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 4: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||June 15, 2008||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||8–1||Ian Murphy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dream 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round||April 29, 2008||1||3:37||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||7–1||Wendell Santos||Submission (punches)||Hero's The Jungle||October 13, 2007||1||1:40||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||6–1||José de Ribamar||Submission (armbar)||Amazon Challenge||September 29, 2007||1||3:28||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||5–1||Bill Vucick||Submission (punches)||Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution||May 19, 2007||1||3:01||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4–1||Haim Gozali||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jungle Fight Europe||December 17, 2006||1||1:34||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Win||3–1||Alexey Prokofiev||Submission (triangle choke)||Fury Fighting Championship 1||September 27, 2006||1||2:30||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||2–1||Alexander Shlemenko||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Jungle Fight 6||April 29, 2006||1||2:10||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||1–1||Victor Babkir||Submission (punches)||Jungle Fight 2||May 15, 2004||1||0:56||Manaus, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||Jorge Patino||KO (punches)||Jungle Fight 1||September 13, 2003||1||3:13||Manaus, Brazil|
- List of current UFC fighters
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners
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- UFC Fighter Rankings
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- Profile at Dreamofficial.com
- Interview with Jacare
Title last held byJake Shields
|4th Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
August 21, 2010 – September 10, 2011