Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, among the best middleweight combined martial artists of the previous decade, has introduced his retirement at age 41.
Souza, who’s initially from Brazil and fought out of Orlando, Florida, in the course of the latter a part of his profession, broke the information to Brazilian outlet Combate. He retires with an expert file of 26-10, together with eight wins by knockout and 14 by submission.
“I’ve fought loads,” Souza instructed Combate in Portuguese, as translated by ESPN. “I retired very early from jiu-jitsu, I feel I’ve fought a whole lot of MMA, and I’ve no intention of combating once more. It’s actually over. I’m retiring from MMA, and I’m returning to the game [Brazilian jiu-jitsu] that I made historical past, the game that I like an excessive amount of.”
A former middleweight champion in Strikeforce, Souza is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former champion of the Abu Dhabi Fight Membership World Championships grappling competitors. He fought solely within the UFC from 2013 to 2021, compiling a file of 9-7.
Though he endured a four-fight skid on the finish of his profession, Souza has lengthy been thought-about one of many world’s prime middleweights. He labored into title rivalry in 2015 and 2017, however he by no means fairly secured a title shot. He suffered a damaged arm in his most up-to-date struggle, in opposition to Andre Muniz in Might, which was the ultimate bout on his UFC contract.
Throughout his interview with Combate, Souza left open a risk of nonetheless competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu — however he was adamant that his combating profession is finished.
“I am getting again to coaching, and who is aware of, perhaps I will compete once more,” Souza stated. “I’m pushed by new challenges, and jiu-jitsu, for me, is changing into a problem as a result of it is extremely developed. There are such a lot of new issues. It is stunning to observe.”