Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Derek Brunson
We’ve reached the co-main event of the evening, as middleweights Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (15-3) and Derek Brunson (9-1) do battle. Souza, a former champion, wants to secure a rematch with Luke Rockhold for the title, while Brunson hopes a win can launch him into title contention. The referee will be Mike Beltran.
Round 1: Brunson looks like the aggressor, throwing kicks to keep Souza at a distance. Souza tries catching him with a big right, but just misses. Souza doesn’t miss the second time, dropping Brunson and following up with several uncontested blows. This one is over, and Souza likely will be moved into a shot at Luke Rockhold next for the belt.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Derek Brunson via KO (strikes) at :41 of Round 1