Jacare Souza’s Coach Says He Will Take Jon Jones’ Belt


Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza is coming off an impressive first round knockout of Yushin Okami, the Brazilian grappling ace made short work of ‘Thunder’ at UFC fight night: Teixeira vs. Bader. The question on many fans lips is ‘what’s next’?

Souza is unbeaten since 2011, scoring four first round finishes in a row, as well as a third round submission of Bristol Marunde. Souza currently fights at 185lbs. in the same division as training partner and friend Anderson Silva. Although Souza has been open about his title aspirations, and furthermore fighting Silva (if he is able to regain the belt), his coach Josuel Distak has spoke to Portal Do Vale Tudo to clarify the situation:

We’re in UFC hands, we’re employees. Jacare is always going a step up. Jacare will fight in two divisions”, the coach said. “Everything will depend on Anderson’s fight with [Chris] Weidman.

If Anderson wins, we will go up in weight and take Jon Jones’ belt. We will prove to the world we have character and that we don’t fight each other. This is X-Gym’s history. Jacare is ready to fight one weight category up as well as middleweight.”

So Jacare is now unwilling to fight Silva for the title, but even more interesting is the prospect of Jacare fighting at LHW for the first time. The Souza that destroyed Okami is a scary dude; his striking looked light years ahead of the Jacare that fought in Strikeforce. Pair that with his ADCC certified grappling and you have s solid base for a champion.

Well roundedness is a huge factor for any aspiring MMA champion, gone are the days where Tito Ortiz could dominate simply with ground and pound. One-dimensional fighters are becoming a thing of the past, making way for a new breed of complete athletes.

Among this new breed, Jacare is rapidly emerging as a serious threat. The guy looked like an absolute tank against Okami, who is no pushover, and I would be very interested to see how he fared in the 205lb. category.

It may be a bit premature for Souza’s coach to be talking about a Light-Heavyweight title shot, given the top five situation there, but this could be a good mover for the Brazilian.

Anyone think The Alligator would stand a chance in the higher weight class? Bottom photo courtesy of Esther Lin/Forza LLC

  • Ivy

    I want to see Jones smash this guy.

  • If Vitor almost submitted Jones, I'd say Jacare's got a fair shot. His standup looked particuarly on point as well.

    • D

      Jones put Vitor on his back because he thought Vitor would have less of a chance to win there. He won't do that against Jacare. He'll just pick him apart until Jacare makes a mistake or takes too much punishment.

      • Yeah, people always say Jones' weakness must be sub defense because Vitor snapped on a flash armbar. It was tight but Jones' got out. I'm sure he was surprised as everyone else was. Jones' learns and fixes everything very quickly and I'm sure noone will surprise him again. Not to mention as you said he controls every part of the fight and where it takes place. He would keep Jacare standing and toy with him from a distance

        • Jones didn't really get out though… Vitor let him off the hook cause he thought his arm was f*cked up already… Big mistake! RIP THAT SH*T OFF !!!! Frank Mir style…

  • I bet he will takes Jon's belt……to have it cleaned, return it, and say "Thank you for letting me feel like the champ for a day, Mr. Jones, sir!"

  • D

    IMO his frame is way too small for 205. He's already carrying a ton of muscle a 185.

  • Really alligator guy?Well lets see here…hmm ok..uh huh..ummm….HAHAHAH!!!

  • ummmm…NO, but I would like him to face Rockhold again or even Micheal Spitsping, that would be fun