‘Jacare’ Avoids Free Agency With UFC Contract Extension

Written by Tom Ngo
April 14th, 2017

UFC Ronaldo Jacare Souza

Middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (pictured) has signed a contract extension to remain with the UFC.

Souza signed his new deal Friday afternoon. He was set to become the hottest free agent in MMA following Saturday’s fight with Robert Whittaker at UFC on FOX 24.

“I’m very happy! New contract signed with UFC. Let’s go for some more battles! Souza posted on his verified Facebook page.

MMA reporter Ariel Helwani is reporting that it’s an eight-fight extension, which begins with tomorrow’s fight. Financial terms of Souza’s new deal were not disclosed, but the Brazilian couldn’t be happier.

Gegard Mousasi, a fellow UFC middleweight title contender, declined a contract extension prior to last week’s tango with Chris Weidman. Mousasi believed a victory over the former champion would strengthen his negotiating power.

Mousasi walked away with a highly controversial TKO win, but it’s a W nonetheless. So “The Dreamcatcher” should get paid after getting his hand raised for the fifth straight time.

Souza has more to lose than to gain in tomorrow’s fight with Whittaker, so it’s a safe and smart move to ink an acceptable extension prior to the contest.

Souza is victorious in 10 of his past 11 outings, with the lone blemish in his current run coming three bouts ago to Yoel Romero.

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