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Ronaldo Souza retires from grappling tournaments with recent ADCC loss

It appears one of the most decorated submission-wrestlers in the sport’s history is calling it quits in order to focus 100% on his Mixed Martial Arts career, as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza recently revealed this year’s ADCC tournament was his final go on the mat.

The 31-year old Brazilian competed last weekend against Braulio Estima, a highly decorated BJJ artist in his own right, only two weeks removed from a hard-fought title-loss to Luke Rockhold at “Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov”.

“You only need to check my record,” said Souza when asked by Tatame how he’ll look back on his submission-wrestling career. “Whoever does it will know I (had) great bouts. Winning or losing is a part of the game. Like every other athlete, I got wins and losses. I’m leaving with my head up. I’m leaving it happily, independently of winning or losing. I know my record in grappling and Jiu-Jitsu is outstanding.”

Souza’s success in grappling is well-documented with numerous tournament championships to his name including those in the BJJ World Cup, various CBJJ events, and of course ADCC. His abilities have clearly translated to MMA too given the fact eleven of his fourteen total victories have been the result of a submission.


  • Dufresne says:

    If he can get to where his standup is even 50% as devastating as his ground game, he’ll be a force in MMA.

    And good for him leaving with his head up. God knows he didn’t have to prove anything else in the grappling world.

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  • climbarock says:

    Jacare isn’t horrible on his feet, but if he could really get guys to respect his striking, he’d be soooo much more successful with his takedowns. Gotta get guys to really defend or try to counter, then duck under when they’re not expecting it…boom, it’s that easy, I’m friggin’ Greg Jackson 2.0 over here.

    Hope UFC picks up this guy.

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  • TerribleT says:

    Good deal,now hopefully he concentrates on his striking bcuz I agree 100% with ” Dufresne’s ” earlier post. . . . .if Jacare can improve his stand up(striking) enough to at least be respected he certainly could be [1] of the top MW’s in MMA

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Id love to see him improve his striking but not to the extent Demian Maia has where he seems to have slacked up a lot on his grappling.

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