Two of the UFC’s biggest middleweight stars set to test free agency

April 10, 2017 6:25 pm by Chris Taylor
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Two of the UFC’s biggest middleweight stars set to test free agency

Two of the best middleweight fighters in the world are about to hit the free agent marked.

Following his second-round TKO victory over former division title holder Chris Weidman this past weekend at UFC 210, surging UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi became a free agent.

The former Strikeforce champion, Mousasi, is one of the middleweight divisions finest combatants and is currently riding a very impressive five-fight win streak.

During his current five-fight win streak, Mousasi has scored four knockout victories over opponents Thiago Santos, Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall and the aforementioned Chris Weidman.

Gegard boasts an amazing professional mixed martial arts record of 42-6-2 overall and has gone 8-2 over his past ten fights.

In addition to being one of the UFC middleweight divisions top contenders, Gegard Mousasi is also a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion as well as the former DREAM middleweight and light heavyweight champion.

Gegard Mousasi Reebok UFC 210

The second marquee middleweight set for free agency is none other than Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who will be competing on the main card of UFC on FOX 24 this weekend in Kansas City against fellow division contender Robert Whittaker.

Jacare’s fight with Whittaker will mark the final bout on his current UFC contract.

Souza has gone 7-1 since joining the UFC ranks in May of 2013. His lone loss in that time came to current 185-pound top contender Yoel Romero via a razor close judges split-decision at UFC 194 in December of 2015.

Jacare’s most recent win came at February’s UFC 208 event in Brooklyn, where he scored a first-round submission victory (kimura) over seasoned veteran Tim Boetsch.

Ronaldo Jacare Souza

During his UFC career, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion (Jacare) has scored victories over Chris Camozzi (2), Yushin Okami, Francis Carmont, Vitor Belfort and the aforementioned Gegard Mousasi.

Over the past year the UFC’s biggest rival, Bellator MMA, has signed a ton of coveted free agents including Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin, Ryan Bader, Chael Sonnen and that is just to name a few.

Do you think Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza will be the next UFC fighters to switch over to Bellator? Sound off PENN Nation!


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