Back in April, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza put his status as one of the top middleweight contenders on the line against the young Robert Whitaker. Unfortunately, this bet didn’t pay off for Jacare, as he wilted under a storm of second-round strikes.
Now several months removed from this loss, Jacare is seeking a change of scenery. He has departed from his native Brazil and relocated to Winter Park, Florida. Though this corner of The Sunshine State is not far from American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Jacare assures he won’t be training at the renowned gym.
“I’m not moving away for good,” Jacare explained in an interview with Portal do Vale Tudo (translation via BloodyElbow.com).“I’m going to spend some time out of Brazil, and since I can’t be away from my family, I’m taking them with me. My main goal is to learn wrestling, which is something I really need to improve. At first, I’m discarding the possibility of training at ATT. If I need a camp, I’m making my own space. My own place.”
The Brazilian then gave a timeframe for his Octagon return, explaining that he hopes to be back in the cage before the end of the year.
“I intend to be back before the end of the year. I feel well. It has been two months since my surgery and my movement feels great, I haven’t lost anything. The healing is going very well. I’ll be back in the Octagon soon, to fight a good fight.”
Jacare’s loss to Whittaker was preceded by back-t0-back stoppage defeats of Tim Boetsch and Vitor Belfort. These wins, meanwhile, were preceded by a razor thin loss to Yoel Romero, which put an end to an impressive, eight-fight win-streak.
Who do you want to see Jacare fight when he returns to the cage?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/21/2017.