Brazilian pride, Ronaldo Souza, silenced the American fans on Saturday when he drew a convincing come-from-behind victory against Chris Weidman at the co-main event of UFC 230. ‘
Jacare’ trailed the ‘All American’ in the first two rounds before delivering the killer blow in the third frame. Hours after the thriller, Souza took to Instagram to honour the returning former UFC middleweight champion.
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Fight of The Night
The Ultimate Fighting Championship featured a key middleweight fight between ex-Strikeforce champion Souza and former division titlist Weidman as the co-headlining act of the UFC 230.
Weidman returned to actions after his last appearance at the UFC on Fox 25 two years ago, where he submitted Kelvin Gastelum in the second round. Souza, meanwhile, looked to bounce back from a split decision loss against the same opponent at UFC 224.
Fighting in his home field, Weidman was welcomed with thunderous cheers by the New York crowd. The support did not go into waste as the ‘All-American’ came firing early and wobbled Souza with his right to win the opening frame.
The Brazilian fighter bucked his slow start and became more aggressive in the second salvo. He started things off with a low kick but his opponent answered back with his own. With Souza coming forward, the Madison Square Garden witnessed a fierce brawl between the two fighters, with Weidman scoring his first takedown that sent the home fans into frenzy serving as its main highlight.
Just when everyone thought Weidman already had the fight in his bag, Souza turned to his killer right during a heated exchange in the third round. Jacare then launched another brutal right, which sent Weidman to the mat. Watch it in the video below:
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Paying A Tribute
It was a hard-earned victory for ‘Jacare’ but it was also of huge importance as he set sights on capturing the UFC middleweight belt. Last month, he told MMA fighting how this showdown with Weidman will steer him towards a title shot.
“I want to go up [in the ranking]. I want to get in there, win—and win convincingly—and then say ‘brother, I’ll sit down and only call me if you’re going to talk about the belt. Everyone else is injured; there’s no one else to fight. My focus is on this fight [with Weidman], of course, but everybody knows that this fight will take me up there.”
Tonight, ‘Jacare’ overcame one of the major obstacles on his dream title shot. The win over Weidman may not automatically grant him the title fight but it will surely boost his chances. To this, he is grateful enough to share the Octagon with the ‘All-American. He paid a tribute to him on social media hours after their thrilling encounter.
He posted a picture of him and Weidman on Instagram, along with the caption: “I hope you well champion I am your big fan and thank you for giving me the opportunity to fight you.”
(Featured Image Source: Boxing Now/YouTube and Ronald Jacare/Instagram)