Rumors made the rounds over the weekend on the Internet that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was the latest edition to the UFC’s middleweight division. The rumors apparently got started following a reported post on a Brazilian forum in which someone claimed Souza made the announcement during a grappling tournament over the weekend.
After reading the initial reports, I made a few calls to try and get the rumor confirmed. Nobody had any concrete info for me.
Now comes word in a article by Denis Martins on Sherdog.com in which Souza is quoted as saying the reports circulating about him joining the UFC are not true:
Although he appears ready to compete abroad, Souza denied reports that he had signed with the UFC.
“I have not signed with Zuffa, unlike what people have said on the Internet,” Souza said after his fight. “I was close to signing and fighting in WEC, but nothing is settled right now.”
I think the first sentence from Martins’ excerpt says it all. Souza is a world glass grappler who is currently on a five fight win streak after losing his MMA debut at Jungle Fight 1 in 2003.
Since Souza started fighting on a more regular basis in April of 2006, “Jacare” is 4-0 with all four fights ending via submission in the first round.
He’d no doubt be an excellent addition to the UFC, the WEC, or any other organization for that matter, but it doesn’t appear he’s inked a deal as of yet.