Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was planning to step in the Octagon at UFC on FOX 15 on Saturday night opposite fellow middleweight contender Yoel Romero. That changed just one week ago when Romero fell out of the fight due to injury and a man Jacare had defeated before, Chris Camozzi, stepped in to fill the void.
Having been submitted by Jacare in the first round of their first fight, Camozzi accepted this fight looking to exact a measure of revenge, but it wasn’t to be.
Camozzi opened with a couple low kicks to Jacare’s lead leg, possibly looking to soften his stance, but it was the Brazilian that landed the first stinging blows. Jacare landed a solid body kick followed by a right hand that stung his opponent.
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Camozzi tried to get his jab going, but as he did, Jacare timed it and secured a double-leg takedown, landing in Camozzi’s full guard. Camozzi tried to tie Jacare up, but the Brazilian slipped free and passed to side control. A short time later, he secured an armbar.
Just before Jacare fully locked it out, Camozzi submitted, again losing to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the opening frame.
Now on an eight-fight winning streak, Jacare has planted himself in the conversation for an immediate title shot. After back-to-back victories elsewhere, Camozzi is back in the Octagon, but will have to start working his way up the ladder.