For fight fans, Jacare Souza vs Yoel Romero is just as big of a fight as the ones on the main card of UFC 194. Jacare Souza and Yoel Romero are both legends in their own grappling sport that made the transition to MMA.
Jacare, one of the best BJJ practitioners ever, picked up some striking skills and became a dangerous middleweight fighters. He was the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion with wins of Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler, Yushin Okami, and Francis Carmont.
Yoel Romero is one of the best Freestyle Wrestlers ever and has also made a successful transition to MMA. He has adapted his athleticism to striking and has picked up convincing wins against Tim Kennedy and Lyoto Machida.
Fight fans around the world are eager to find out who will become the next middleweight contender when these two grappling legends meet.
UFC on Fox 8 and UFC on Fox 15, July 2013 and April 2015
Jacare Souza is arguably the best BJJ practitioner in MMA today. The only fighters that may rival him are Roger Gracie who fights on the One FC promotion (see Roger Gracie vs Jacare Souza in one of BJJ’s most legendary fights), Fabricio Werdum who will be fighting Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and Demian Maia who just beat Ryan LaFlare.
Since turning to professional MMA in 2003, Jacare has consistently improved his striking to show the fight world that he isn’t just a grappling wizard. Victories over Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler, Yushin Okami, and Gegard Mousasi prove that he is a UFC Middleweight title contender. And oh by the way, he was also the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.
Recently we have seen Jacare Souza paired to fight Chris Camozzi, twice. Both times was due to late replacement of Souza’s original opponent having to pull out of the fight due to injury…or fear…
Jacare Souza vs Chris Camozzi doesn’t give us very exciting or even very relevant MMA, but it is just so awesome to watch what a BJJ super star can do to an average fighter. It is beautiful, it is artistic, it brings tears of admiration to the eyes. Boy I wish I could do something, anything! as well as Jacare does BJJ.
Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza: Two masters enter the cage in what could have been the most exciting fight on UFC Fox 15.
Words could not describe how disappointed I was to learn of Yoel Romero’s injury and that the fight scheduled between Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza would have to be re-scheduled yet again. Despite the depressing and unavoidable circumstance we find ourselves in, lets take a closer look at these two awesome masters of fighting.
Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza are two fighters worthy of admiration. They have spent their entire lives devoted to mastering one martial art. That type of mastery, that type of devotion, that type of purpose is something I often wish I had in my life.
Coming into the Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza fight on 18th April 2015, lets take a minute to admire how far these grappling champions have come in MMA. Below find Yoel Romero vs Tim Kennedy and Jacare Souza vs Gegard Mousasi II.
Jacare vs Roger Gracie II, 2004 World Jiu Jitsu Championships
Jacare vs Roger Gracie II 2004 is widely regarded as one of the greatest BJJ matches in the history of BJJ competition. Ronaldo Jacare Souza and Roger Gracie are two of the most talented and accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world. These two fighters have developed a little bit of a rivalry through the years. Jacare vs Roger Gracie II is their second meeting with Roger Gracie having won their first match in the 2002 World Championships.
Jacare vs Roger Gracie II is the controversial match where Roger Gracie broke Jacare’s arm but Jacare continued and won the most prestigious trophy in BJJ.
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