UFC Charlotte: Souza Mirrors First Bout with Brunson
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Derek Brunson first met back in August 2012 in Strikeforce. In that bout, Souza scored a head kick to get a knockout in just 41 seconds.
About five-and-a-half years later, the two met again in the main event of UFC on Fox on Jan. 27, which took place from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. And the events felt familiar — similar to the first bout.
After some feeling out in the center of the Octagon for the first minute, the pairing exchange some kicks and Brunson is able to land a couple of two-punch combinations. Shots from Brunson are blocked, however, and Souza clips Brunson when he charges in, similar to their Strikeforce bout.
And then, nearly just like the Strikeforce bout, Souza lands a hard head kick before finishing off Brunson with several left punches on the ground.
Souza has now won three of his last four, while this fight snaps a two-fight win streak Brunson had.
UFC Charlotte Main Card Results:
Middleweight: Jacare Souza def. Derek Brunson via KO (Rd. 1, 3:50)
Featherweight: Andre Fili def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Lightweight: Gregor Gillespie def. Jordan Rinaldi via TKO (Rd. 1, 4:46)
Welterweight: Drew Dober def. Frank Camacho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
UFC Charlotte Preliminary Card Results:
Lightweight: Bobby Green def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight: Mirsad Bektic def. Godofredo Pepey via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:47)
Women’s Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian def. Mara Romero Borella via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Women’s Strawweight: Randa Markos def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Women’s Flyweight: Ji Yeon Kim def. Justine Kish via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel def. Joaquim Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Charlotte Early Preliminary Card Results:
Welterweight: Niko Price def. George Sullivan via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 4:21)
Featherweight: Cory Sandhagen def. Austin Arnett via TKO (Rd. 2, 3:48)