Souza May Return to Middleweight
Despite Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza moving up to light heavyweight for his most recent fight, the nature of the contest has given him thoughts of potentially moving back down to middleweight for his next contest.
Souza competed in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo two weeks ago, dropping a split decision to Jan Blachowicz in a lackluster and uneventful affair. This marked Souza’s second straight defeat and third loss in his last four bouts.
Souza’s unsuccessful debut at 205 is the latest in fighters changing weight classes this year — and more specifically the latest in former middleweight fighters losing their 205-pound debuts, following Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.
“Jacare” moved up to light heavyweight after a loss to Jack Hermansson spoiled the possibility of a title shot — and to avoid doing more weight cutting. Now, he may just move back down to 185 again.
“My manager and my team are talking which weight class I’ll fight next, so there’s a lot going on here right now,” Souza said. “We’ll make a decision really soon on what’s best for us. We’re looking at staying at 205 or going back to 185.
“Everybody suffers cutting weight, that’s life, but I’m 40 years old,” he said. “I cut weight my entire life and maybe I was full of it, but I’m excited again, I’m happy, and I want to work. I’m still one of the top fighters of the division.”
The bout between Souza and Blachowicz saw the Brazilian unsuccessfully attempt to take Blachowicz down multiple times during the fight, with the only noticeable action being Souza working the jab in the second and third, Blachowicz connecting with jabs and a body kick in the third and a leg kick battle in the fourth.
Souza admits even though he was coming up from 185, he was still surprised by Blachowicz’s size advantage.
“I didn’t expect it would be so tough [to take him down],” Souza said. “I was also surprised by his size. I trained with heavyweights for this fight and this guy is really big [laughs].
“Everybody expected him to go there and kill me. I thought he would come more aggressive and try to knock me out, but he didn’t take many risks to avoid going to the ground. The result wasn’t what we expected, the fight was boring, but that happens sometimes.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting