Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is the new Strikeforce Middleweight Champion after a Unanimous Decision victory over Tim KennedyPosted on August 21, 2010, 10:52 PM by Anton Gurevich
After five rounds, which can be easily described as War of Attrition, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza became the new Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. Souza outpointed Tim Kennedy with a more precise striking, and a good control during a few times the fight was on the ground. Souza improved his Mixed Martial Arts record to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in Strikeforce.
Both fighters should be concerned with the lack of killer instinct showed during the fight, as both of them failed to gain a dominant position on the feet or on the ground. Tim Kennedy was probably a better man during the final 7 minutes, but it did not change the mind of referees, who scored the bout 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 for Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.
Tim Kennedy was the more aggressive fighter of the bout, with a few takedown attempts and a bigger striking arsenal, but the judges preferred the effectiveness of Jacare Souza.
Jacare will definitely have to show more than he did tonight if he's up to defend his title, but it's clearly a well-deserved belt for the Brazilian. Souza will now have to wait for the outcome of the Strikeforce Middleweight Tournament, which will determine the identity of his next opponent. A rematch against Jason Mayhem Miller is more than a welcome match-up.