Jacare Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi Rematch Set as UFC 176 Co-Main Event

June 18, 2014
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Mousasi vs JacareThe UFC matchmakers are working overtime.

In addition to several other bouts released, UFC officials late Tuesday evening confirmed an earlier report by the Los Angeles Daily News revealing a rematch between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (20-3, 1 NC) and Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2).

The fight will serve as the UFC 176 co-main event on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles. The card is headlined by a featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

Jacare lost the original match-up with Mousasi, getting knocked out by an up-kick in a 2008 battle for the vacant Dream middleweight championship. He’s only lost one other time since that fight, which was when Luke Rockhold took the Strikeforce middleweight title belt from around his waist.

Outside of losing that championship, Jacare sandwiched the disappointment with 10 victories, and is currently on a six-fight streak. His three most recent victories – over Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami, and Francis Carmont – have come in the Octagon, putting him within a breath of a UFC title shot.

Mousasi is 11-2-1 since defeating Jacare in 2008, but has already tasted defeat in his short stint in the Octagon.

After defeating Ilir Latifi in his promotional debut, Mousasi dropped a unanimous decision to former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who is next up to challenge middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman.

Regrouping after the loss, Mousasi looked outstanding in his last trip to the Octagon. He dominated Mark Munoz, stuffing the wrestler’s takedowns, and submitting him in the first round.

The winner of this rematch makes a strong case for knocking on the door of a title shot, particularly so for Jacare.

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  • Lt. Dangle

    Better watch those upkicks.

  • TheCerealKiller

    This is how rematches are supposed to happen, many years and fights apart!

  • Manuel Lopez

    Mousasi will beat him again. As great as Jacare is on the ground he will not be able to submit or outgrapple Mousasi, and on the feet, Mousasi is a sniper.

    • Just-scrap-nation

      I agree, maybe Jacare will be able to just keep Mousasi on the ground though and win a lackluster decision. I’m leaning more towards Mousasi picking him apart. Mousasi is such a tough match up for a lot of guys at Middleweight.

  • julian moran

    I would much rather see Mousasi vs Bisping or Rockhold.

  • brad king

    lyoto will mincemeat both in any upcoming matchs

    • Ian Price

      He didn’t mincemeat Mousasi 3 months ago…

    • Ian Price

      Mousasi had a tough weight cut for the Machida fight. Not saying he would have dominated him, but he certainly looked much better vs Munoz.

  • Ian Price

    What do you mean particularly so for Jacare? If Mousasi beats Jacare, that would mean 2 victories against someone who should (arguably) be fighting for the title shot or even the belt if someone gets injured. Mousasi has been terrorizing people for a long time, and he showed just how improved his wrestling is against THE wrestler of the MW division. You wanna dominate Munoz, you do it standing up. Nobody dominates him on the ground…