We’ve posted several spoilers pertaining to the new cast for the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” We even confirmed that a rumored member of the cast, Matt Major, is in fact NOT involved with the show. Like Major, another heavily rumored name associated with the potential TUF 7 cast is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Souza is one of the greatest competitive grapplers on the planet and has done fairly well since getting involved with MMA. So well that many speculated he’d be this year’s version of Mac Danzig (i.e. a ringer worthy of a UFC contract without having to win a tournament but included on the show to get him exposure).
While I heavily researched all the cast spoilers and the rumor dunking report on Major, I haven’t been able to dig up anything concrete on “Jacare.” However, I really doubt at this point he’s been cast for the show. Again, I’m not basing that opinion on hard evidence. Instead, I’m using basic deductive reasoning.
Of the fighters I’ve spoken as sources for the cast spoilers, all told me the fighters in question left for Vegas on Thursday. Well, Caleb from MMAPredictions.com apparently conducted an interview with Souza in San Diego this past Saturday:
So unless he was given special permission to report late or is brought in as an injury replacement, I don’t think he’s going to be involved with TUF 7.
There’s also an exchange between Caleb and Souza in which “Jacare” indicates his future in the U.S. in regards to MMA is “unknown.”
MMAPredictions.com: Everyone wants to know when you will be fighting MMA here in the United States again.
Jacare: That’s what I am here to find out.
MMAPredictions.com: So at the moment it is unknown.
Jacare: At the moment it is unknown.
Anything can happen but let’s be realistic. And if Jacare is not involved with TUF, it begs the question, what does this man have to do to get a big contract offer? There are so many promotions out there and he’d be a good fit in all of them.