According to the Portal do Vale Tudo forums, during today’s Amazon Challenge it was announced that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is the newest addition to the UFC’s middleweight division. “Jacare” is Portuguese for alligator and an alligator he is indeed.
For those who aren’t familiar with Jacare, this guy sports one of the slickest and most aggressive ground games on the planet. The man is a very accomplished grappler. Some of you might recall that Jacare participated in an exhibition grappling match against UFC Heavyweight champ, Randy “the Natural” Couture back in November of ’06. Although the two men battled to a draw, Randy admitted afterwards that he spent most of the night defending against Jacare rather than being the aggressor (even though he did outweigh his opponent by a substantial amount).
Jacare presently holds an MMA record of 5-1, with all of his victories coming by way of submission. If this announcement holds to be true, it would be excellent news for the UFC’s middleweight division which is in dire need of more fighters.