UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza has avoided free agency and has re-signed with the promotion.
On the eve of his big UFC on FOX 24 showdown with Robert Whittaker, middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza has signed a new contract with the UFC. “Jacare” was on course to become a free agent following the Whittaker fight, but according to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, that matchup now kicks off his new, eight-fight deal.
Jacare Souza has signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC, per his team. The first fight of the deal is tomorrow. They’re very happy. pic.twitter.com/MH6yOO8n4z
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 14, 2017
Jacare (24-4, 1 NC) is the #3 ranked contender in the UFC’s 185 lbs division, having won seven of his eight bouts inside the Octagon. Only Yoel Romero has been able to best him over the last five years, and even that was a close split decision. The 37-year-old has most notably finished Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, and Gegard Mousasi during his UFC run.
So that’s one former Strikeforce champion who’s not leaving for another promotion. We now wait and see what the future holds for Mousasi, who is now a free agent after his crazy UFC 210 win over Chris Weidman last Saturday.
You can catch Jacare vs. Whittaker on the main card of UFC on FOX 24: Johnson vs. Reis on Saturday, April 15th at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.