Souza dominated Mousasi on the ground in a rematch of their 2008 fight in Japan, securing a number of takedowns before applying a guillotine choke at the 4:30 mark of the third round.
“If anyone doubts that, they’re completely wrong,” Souza said when asked if he’s done enough to earn a title shot. “I’m next for the title.”
A number of early takedown attempts finally paid off halfway through the opening round for Souza. While on the ground, Jacare controlled from top position and worked towards a kimura attempt, but he let it go a moment before the end of the round.
Souza began to land more strikes on the feet in the beginning of the second round, and he then secured another takedown, landing in Mousasi’s guard. From there, Souza scrambled and got to side control where he attempted yet another kimura. Mousasi defended and made it through to the end of the time frame.
In the third round, Jacare again outstruck Mousasi in the early moments and secured another takedown. After briefly returning to his feet, Mousasi was taken down again and Souza worked towards standing over his opponent and securing a guillotine choke for the finish.
With the win at UFC Fight Night, Souza improves his record to 21-3 overall and 3-0 in the UFC, making a significant case for a shot at the UFC middleweight title.
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