Slick submission-specialist Ronaldo Souza had hoped to make his claim for a chance to win his Strikeforce middleweight title back from Luke Rockhold by beating opponent Bristol Marunde in convincing fashion last night at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. While the 32-year old lived up to his expectations in terms of finishing Marunde off, turning in a solid performance along the way, it appears his plans for a crack at the champion will have to be put on hold due to injury.
Shortly after the bout’s conclusion “Jacare” revealed he’d hurt his left hand in the fight’s first round and was limited by the damage despite looking fairly sharp on his feet. X-rays have since confirmed Souza actually broke it in addition to his thumb, a fact he acknowledged earlier today on Twitter.
No specific turnaround time was mentioned but, with Souza sidelined for at least a few months, it looks as though Tim Kennedy should now be set for the next shot at Rockhold’s belt as had been expected.
Souza took Marunde out with a Rear-Naked Choke in the third frame of their main card clash, the twelfth submission win of the 15-3 Brazilian’s career. He has now won five of his last six scraps with the only exception involving the decision defeat to Rockhold.
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