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 former Strikeforce champ and his fans, this gamble did not pay off. Instead, the 39-year-old was walloped to a decision loss by his opponent and his title dreams were once again dashed — perhaps for a final time.
Speaking on Instagram on Tuesday, Jacare issued a statement on this loss. He seems to be in good spirits.
“I’d like to thank everybody for their support,” Jacare wrote in his post-fight statement. “My opponent had a good strategy and won. Right after the fight I was very upset and disappointed but NOW God has been comforting my heart and even though I didn’t win, I don’t feel sad anymore. I glorify the Lord for this. I want to thank everyone who believe in my work and support me! I’m taking some time to rest with my family and I WILL be back soon!”
It’s good to hear that Jacare’s mood has improved, as he admitted he was feeling quite bad at the UFC Fort Lauderdale post-fight press conference.
“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.”
“I don’t have plan right now,” he added. “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.”
With this loss to Jack Hermansson, Jacare returns to the loss column after a thrilling knockout victory over former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. He’s now 26-7 overall. What do you think the future holds for him after his tough setback in Florida?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/1/2019.