Ronaldo de Souza

Ronaldo de Souza

Ronaldo Souza
Born Ronaldo Souza dos Santos
(1979-12-07) December 7, 1979 (age 34)
Vila Velha, Brazil[1]
Other names Jacaré (Alligator)
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo
Fighting out of Manaus, Brazil
Team X-Gym
Black House
Rank

black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

black belt in Judo
Years active 2003 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 19
By knockout 2
By submission 14
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
No contests 1
Other information
Sherdog
last updated on: May 20, 2010
Ronaldo Souza
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Submission Wrestling
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Silver 2003 Sao Paulo -88kg
Silver 2005 Long Beach Absolute
Gold 2005 Long Beach -88kg
Gold 2009 Barcelona Superfight
Silver 2011 Nottingham Superfight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold 2001 Rio de Janeiro      Absolute
Gold 2001 Rio de Janeiro      -82kg
Silver 2002 Rio de Janeiro      Absolute
Gold 2002 Rio de Janeiro      -88kg
Gold 2003 Rio de Janeiro      Absolute
Gold 2003 Rio de Janeiro      -88kg
Gold 2004 Rio de Janeiro      Absolute
Silver 2004 Rio de Janeiro      -88kg
Gold 2005 Rio de Janeiro      Absolute
Gold 2005 Rio de Janeiro      -88kg

Ronaldo Souza dos Santos[1] (born December 7, 1979), nicknamed Jacaré (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒakaˈɾɛ]), is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, submission grappler and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner currently competing in the UFC's Middleweight division. Souza is the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and also holds the distinction of submitting Marcelo Garcia (a man considered by many to be one of the greatest pound-for-pound grapplers of all time)[2] in submission grappling competition. 11 of his 18 career wins have come by submission.

Background

Souza started training Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 17. He is a 5-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, Jacaré is widely considered to be among the greatest BJJ practitioners of his time.

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.[3] After the match Souza was invited by Couture to train at his gym. Souza accepted and started training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.[4] 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.

Dream

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.[5][6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Strikeforce

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.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision,[11] 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.[12]

Souza fought Tim Kennedy on August 21, 2010 at Strikeforce: Houston for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight belt, and won via unanimous decision.[13] Souza then defended the belt for the first time against Robbie Lawler, on January 29, 2011 at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg.[11]

In his second defense, Souza lost his belt against American Kickboxing Academy fighter Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47).[14]

On March 3, 2012, Souza made his sixth Strikeforce appearance against late replacement Bristol Marunde. Souza won via arm triangle, submitting Marunde at 2:43 of the final round.[15]

Souza faced UFC veteran Ed Herman at the final Strikeforce card, Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, on January 12, 2013.[16] He won via submission in the first round.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Souza signed a five-fight deal with the UFC in January 2013.[17]

Souza was expected to make his promotional debut against Constantinos Philippou on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[18] However, Philippou pulled out of the bout in early May, citing a cut above his eye, and was replaced by Chris Camozzi.[19][20] Souza won the fight via technical submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round.[21]

For his second fight in the promotion, Souza faced Yushin Okami on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[22] Souza won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Championships and Accomplishments

Grappling credentials

  • 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

Mixed martial arts record

|- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 19–3 (1) | Yushin Okami | TKO (punches) | UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader | 02013-09-04September 4, 2013 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:47 |Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 18–3 (1) | Chris Camozzi | Technical Submission (arm triangle choke) | UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold | 02013-05-18May 18, 2013 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:37 | Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil | UFC debut; Submission of the Night. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 17–3 (1) | Ed Herman | Submission (kimura) | Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine | 02013-01-12January 12, 2013 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:10 | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States | Catchweight of 194 lb. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 16–3 (1) | Derek Brunson | KO (punches) | Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman | 02012-08-18August 18, 2012 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:41 |San Diego, California, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 15–3 (1) | Bristol Marunde | Submission (arm triangle choke) | Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey | 02012-03-03March 3, 2012 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:43 |Columbus, Ohio, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 14–3 (1) | Luke Rockhold | Decision (unanimous) | Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov | 02011-09-10September 10, 2011 |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 |Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | Lost Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 14–2 (1) | Robbie Lawler | Submission (rear naked choke) | Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg | 02011-01-29January 29, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:00 |San Jose, California, United States | Defended Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 13–2 (1) | Tim Kennedy | Decision (unanimous) | Strikeforce: Houston | 02010-08-21August 21, 2010 |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 |Houston, Texas, United States | Won vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 12–2 (1) | Joey Villaseñor | Decision (unanimous) | Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery | 02010-05-15May 15, 2010 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |St. Louis, Missouri, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 11–2 (1) | Matt Lindland | Submission (arm triangle choke) | Strikeforce: Evolution | 02009-12-19December 19, 2009 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:18 |San Jose, California, United States | |- | style="background-color: #c5d2ea; text-align:center" |NC |align=center| 10–2 (1) | Jason Miller | No Contest (cut from an illegal kick) | Dream 9 | 02009-05-26May 26, 2009 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:33 |Yokohama, Japan | For vacant Dream Middleweight Championship. |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 10–2 | Gegard Mousasi | KO (upkick) | Dream 6 | 02008-09-23September 23, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:15 |Saitama, Saitama, Japan | For vacant Dream Middleweight Championship. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 10–1 | Zelg Galešić | Submission (armbar) | Dream 6 | 02008-09-23September 23, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:27 |Saitama, Saitama, Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 9–1 | Jason Miller | Decision (unanimous) | Dream 4 | 02008-06-15June 15, 2008 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 5:00 |Yokohama, Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 8–1 | Ian Murphy | Submission (rear naked choke) | Dream 2 | 02008-04-29April 29, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:37 |Saitama, Saitama, Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 7–1 | Wendell Santos | Submission (punches) | Hero's The Jungle | 02007-10-13October 13, 2007 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:40 |Manaus, Brazil | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 6–1 | Jose Gomes de Ribamar | Submission (armbar) | Amazon Challenge | 02007-09-29September 29, 2007 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:28 |Manaus, Brazil | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 5–1 | Bill Vucick | Submission (punches) | Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution | 02007-05-19May 19, 2007 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:01 |Columbus, Ohio, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 4–1 | Haim Gozali | Submission (rear naked choke) | Jungle Fight Europe | 02006-12-17December 17, 2006 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:34 |Ljubljana, Slovenia | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 3–1 | Alexey Prokofiev | Submission (triangle choke) | Fury Fighting Championship 1 | 02006-09-27September 27, 2006 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:30 |Sao Paulo, Brazil | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 2–1 | Alexander Shlemenko | Technical Submission (arm triangle choke) | Jungle Fight 6 | 02006-04-29April 29, 2006 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 2:10 |Manaus, Brazil | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 1–1 | Victor Babkir | Submission (punches) | Jungle Fight 2 | 02004-05-15May 15, 2004 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:56 |Manaus, Brazil | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 0–1 | Jorge Patino | KO (punch) | Jungle Fight 1 | 02003-09-13September 13, 2003 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 3:13 |Manaus, Brazil | |} [11]

See also

References

External links

  • Sherdog
  • Profile at Dreamofficial.com
  • Interview with Jacare
Vacant
Title last held by
Jake Shields
4th Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
August 21, 2010 – September 10, 2011
Succeeded by
Luke Rockhold