Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza will return to the UFC octagon this weekend in the UFC Fort Lauderdale main-event to face Jack Hermansson in a crucial middleweight clash.
Jacare is the living embodiment of the term ‘perennial contender’, having spent the entirety of his UFC run within touching distance of the middleweight strap.
It is pretty crazy to think that the Brazilian has yet to fight for a UFC title despite his status as one of the greatest 185lb-rs to ever grace the sport.
A submission threat and elite grappler like few others, most who end up on the ground with Jacare sink pretty quickly into deep waters.
And while several big names have managed to defeat him and derail his title-ambitions, Souza is still very much a big player in the division – and he will know that a dominant victory over Jack Hermansson in tomorrow night’s main-event will edge him closer to a shot at Robert Whittaker’s title – if he still holds it later this year.
With UFC Fort Lauderdale now just one day away, relive the top-5 finishes in the UFC run of the former Strikeforce champion Souza – as he looks to add the surging Swede to his kill-list.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena