Although Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza edged Tim Kennedy for the vacant middleweight title at “Strikeforce: Houston” on Saturday night, their championship affair was much closer than the UNANIMOUS decision verdict indicated.
The 185-pounders battled for 25 hard-fought minutes, leaving many to believe the scrap was knotted at two rounds apiece as they entered the 5thRound. Although the 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 tally suggested otherwise, the scrap was a difficult one to score because they appeared to mirror each other’s work in every stanza.
“He’s a tough guy, man,” the newly minted champ admitted to the Toyota Center audience.”All of American, he’s a tough guy.”
Kennedy was visibly upset once the decision was rendered, however the former Green Beret was gracious in defeat after losing the biggest non-Middle East battle of his courageous life.
“My hat is absolutely totally off to Jacare. It was a very, very frustrating fight,” a disappointed Kennedy expressed. “I have no idea what happened with the decision.”
Jacare doesn’t really know what happened either considering he no hablo Ingles, but he fully comprehends the fact he’s leaving The Lone Star State with bling-bling wrapped around his belly.
“In the cage, we fight warriors and Tim Kennedy is a warrior,” Jacare stated. “He had a hard time taking me down, so he had to stand up.
“I’m stoked that I won and that I’m the champion.”
The belt became available after Jake Shields abandoned it in pursuit of Octagon greatness. Word on the street for the past several months is Strikeforce brass are formulating a middleweight Grand Prix, so Jacare’s first title defense will surely be the winner of the 185-pound tourney if that’s the case.