Jacare Souza vs. Yoel Romero Adds to Growing UFC 184 Fight Card

November 13, 2014
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The UFC 184 fight card continues to grow, as UFC officials on Thursday announced the addition of a middleweight bout between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero.

UFC 184 already features the middleweight championship bout between current titleholder Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort, as well as Ronda Rousey putting her bantamweight belt on the line against Cat Zingano. It will take place on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Jacare-Souza-277-SF-750x370Jacare (21-3, 1 NC) is a former Strikeforce champion and comes into this fight with Romero riding a seven-fight winning streak. He most recently stepped in the Octagon as one half of the main event of UFC Fight Night 50 in early September, where he submitted Gegard Mousasi in a Performance of the Night effort.

Romero (9-1) has steadily been working his way towards the top of the weight class since joining the UFC last year. He has won all five of his UFC bouts, but is coming off of a controversial stoppage of Tim Kennedy at UFC 178.

Kennedy had Romero rocked in the second round of their fight and nearly finished him, but due to an error by the cutman and some alleged stalling by Romero’s corner in between rounds, the Cuban-born fighter had about an extra 30 seconds to recover. He finished Kennedy via TKO stoppage 38 seconds into the third frame.

SEE ALSO: Vitor Belfort Submits to Blood, Urine Testing

Jacare and Luke Rockhold are largely considered the top two middleweight contenders behind Belfort. And while Rockhold told UFC Tonight recently that he would be at the ready if Belfort has any issues with his pre-fight drug testing or withdraws due to injury, the UFC putting Jacare on the card certainly gives them another option to keep the main event in tact if Belfort of Weidman drops out suddenly.

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  • shakejunt

    guess this means rockhold vs machida/cb?

    • TheCerealKiller

      I really hope CB wins that fight. The same names over and over are getting stale.

      • dwhite

        Stale, just like you analkiller

        • TheCerealKiller

          Oh, your sister told you about me? I wish she wouldn’t talk about our bedroom time.

  • uncle

    The winner should get a title shot

  • Denny Swain

    I don’t think jacare wanted this fight. That’s why he was campaigning for Dan Henderson fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if jacare comes up with an accidentally on purpose injury

    • Lucas Freire

      Remember how close Romero was from being KO’d by Kennedy?
      Jacare treated Kennedy as if he was nothing. I think Romero will get manhandled. Jacare is on whole other level.
      Romero may be stronger. But Jacare is the better fighter on every aspect of the game.

      • deepgrim

        i wouldnt be so sure, yes kennedy rocked him but also got rocked himself, i still think jacare stand up has a bit to be developed yet. i think joel’s wrestling can keep the fight standing if he wants and then its anyones but i dont think jacare is man handling romero. reading between the lines it puts a top contender in a training order and should vitor not make the fight with weidman as many think he wont its very easy to put jacare in the main event

        • Lucas Freire

          That’s the problem. I don’t see a scenario where Romero may be comfortable.
          While I too think Jacare has to develop his stand up, it’s way above Romero’s. Thinking about the takedown/ground game, where is the sweet spot for Romero? He wouldn’t like being on his back, but being on Jacare’s guard would be REALLY dangerous, not only because of his submissions but because Jacare is one of the best sweppers on BJJ.
          Even though Jacare isn’t Nick Diaz, his gas tank is far more reliable than Romero’s.

          I don’t think Jacare is a universe better than Romero in anything, but the fact that he’s better overall will make this fight very frustrating for Romero in my opinion.

          • deepgrim

            i think romero will edge the stand up in my opinion. in the carmount fight souza struggled in the 2nd round when he didnt manage a takedown, he doesnt have a vast range of combos, not that romero does either but he has more behind his strikes. i think jacares stand up looks better because usually the other fighter is so worried about the takedown that they have to be very selective with there strikes, i dont think romero will worry about that as much. obviously he is not going to want anything on the ground with jacare but he should be okay if he is not on his back for too long.

      • Denny Swain

        Dude you gotta be joking. Jacare ran from Kennedy the whole fight

        • Lucas Freire

          I guess we watched different fights.

  • Guest

    jacare souza is gonna put a hurting on yoel romero. if kennedy rocked romero to the point of nearly finishing him, then there’s no doubt jacare will get the job done. aside from kennedy, romero hasn’t really fought any top 10 guys while souza has fought at a high level for a long time and is also much more technical and well rounded I might add. romero is like the Anthony Johnson of the middleweight division, all punching power but no ground game.

    • Darin

      Romero won a silver medal in Olympic wrestling……but yeah, no ground game.

      • The Warrior

        So what? Wrestlers generally don’t like being put on their backs and without any bjj they’re limited in their ground defence.

        • MuayThaiFood

          Just stop now before you embarrass yourself more. Saying a silver medalist in wrestling has no ground game is laughable. Chances are he won’t be on his back and if he is it won’t be for long.

          • Guest

            Obviously you’re just a casual fan who’s about to be schooled very soon. Jacare has this all but won. Romero can try but he’s just gonna realise there’s more to just standing and punching. Jacare brings more weapons to this battle.

  • Maddawgmar

    Why is Jacare ducking Luke? Oh wait, he doesn’t want to get beat up again…

  • solo

    Great matchup, but if something happen with Beloft, Luke should jump in there to fight Weidman. Nobody else.

  • Romero wins but loses

    If he don’t want to get beat up he in there with wrong guy other than roided up Belfort Romero is the scariest guy in @185 know he had a tough fight. But Kennedy is tough for anyone n knocked him out Romero gets robbed on the score cards but leaves very lil doubt he wins the fight