On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC Fort Lauderdale, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza risked his promised middleweight title shot in a fight with short-notice replacement opponent Jack Hermansson. Unfortunately for the Brazilian contender and his dedicated fan base, this gamble did not pay off. Instead, the 39-year-old was thumped to a decision loss by his unheralded opponent and his title dreams were once again dashed — perhaps for a final time.
Speaking at the UFC Fort Lauderdale post-fight press conference, Jacare issued a few quick comments on this loss. Understandably, he says he’s sad.
“I’m sad, because I did a great training camp for this fight,” The Brazilian said in English (transcript via MMA Junkie). “I don’t feel tired. But I can’t put my game on in the octagon. I’m bad right now.”
With his hopes for a middleweight title shot derailed, Jacare isn’t sure what his future holds at the moment. His first priority at this point is reuniting with his family and taking a vacation.
“I don’t have plan right now,” he said. “I come back to my home. Take a vacation with my family. Tomorrow, I’m going out with my kids. I don’t know. I need back with my family and that’s it.”
Do you think Jacare will ever get the chance to contend for the UFC middleweight title?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/29/2019.