Jacare Souza is still the Champ, submits Robbie Lawler in Round 3Posted on January 29, 2011, 10:17 PM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza successfully defended his title, with an impressive Rear Naked Choke submission victory over "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler. The challenger was the first one to hit the target in the fight, as Robbie Lawler hurt Jacare with a flying knee, then dropping the Brazilian with a perfectly-executed Striking combination. Lawler followed Jacare to the ground, but was unable to finish the fight.
Jacare had a clear gameplan of taking the fight to the ground, and that's exactly what he did. Souza took Robbie Lawler down at the start of Round 2, controlling the action with ground and pound and submission attempts. Lawler managed to survive the second round, but it was clear that he has not much to sell against Jacare out of his comfort zone on the feet.
The Brazilian followed the same pattern in Round 3, as Robbie Lawler once again found himself on the ground. This time Jacare quickly took the back of "Ruthless" before locking a tight Rear Naked Choke at the 2:00 minute mark. Souza is 14-2 in his MMA career, losing only to Gegard Mousasi two years ago, and to Jorge Patino in his first MMA fight.