With Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ranked at No. 2 and opponent Yoel Romero ranked at No. 3 in the UFC middleweight division heading into their Saturday night showdown at UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor in Las Vegas, it was all but given that they would be fighting for a shot at the middleweight championship.
Jacare and Romero have each been nothing less than stellar since they moved from Strikeforce to the UFC. Jacare rode an eight-fight winning streak into their bout, while Romero had won six consecutive fights.
The first round played out with each man trying to establish his distance and timing. Nothing of note happened for the first few minutes, but then, out of nowhere, Romero threw a spinning backfist that dropped Jacare to his back.
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Romero spent the final minute of the opening frame dropping ground and pound shots from inside Jacare’s guard, deftly avoiding submissions, but doing a lot of damage with his heavy elbows in the final seconds.
Jacare started the second round looking like he was still wobbly from the shots he sustained in the first round. He seemed to regroup a couple of minutes into the round and attempted takedown, but Romero grabbed the fence and landed on top when they hit the mat. An astute Matt Goddard saw the cage grab and stood the fight back up, warning Romero that he would take a point if he grabbed the fence again.
The round closed with little further action, as Romero’s movement began to slow drastically as the minutes ticked away.
As Romero continued to slow, ….View full article