Jacare Souza Battles Derek Brunson at ‘Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey’

Written by Tom Ngo
February 2nd, 2012

Strikeforce Middleweight Champ Ronaldo Jacare Souza

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)

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