For the first time since losing his middleweight title to Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (Pictured) will make his return to the hexagon. On Thursday evening, Derek Brunson announced on his Twitter account that he will challenge the former champion at “Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey” on March 3rd.
Jacare owns a respectable 14-3 (1 NC) record, with 11 of his victories coming via submission. The Brazilian had won four straight scraps prior to losing his crown to Rockhold.
Brunson is perfect through his first nine professional fights, though the 28-year-old has never faced anyone of Jacare’s caliber. He was last seen posting a unanimous decision win over Nate James in November.
The 185-pound affair will likely appear in the card’s prelims.
Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio hosts the event. A bantamweight title bout between champion Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey headlines the festivities.
Showtime will broadcast the main card at 10PM ET/PT.
Here is the event’s updated lineup:
Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers
Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun
Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Derek Brunson
K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson
Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion)