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UFC Fight Night 36: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Vs. Francis Carmont

UFC Fight Night 36: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Vs. Francis Carmont

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Francis Carmont

The first of two key middleweight battles takes to the Octagon next, as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza meets Francis Carmont.

Souza (19-3) is a former Strikeforce champion who has won his first two UFC bouts via finish over Chris Camozzi and Yushin Okami. He is 9-1 in his last 10 overall, with the lone loss coming to Luke Rockhold.

Carmont (22-7) has won all six of his UFC fights. The Tristar Gym fighter is undefeated in his last 11 overall.

Round 1: We’ve got the Brazilian crowd back into it for Souza, as they are loud and behind their fighter. Souza with a nice spinning kick, stuns Carmont and takes him down. Souza quickly to the back, locking in both hooks before placing a figure four on the body. Souza has plenty of time to work and is trying to loosen up Carmont for a submission. Souza working hard for the choke and he quickly throws the left hand under the chin. He’s trying to get the squeeze in, but Carmont survives.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Round 2: Carmont starts off the round with a swift leg kick, something he needs more of to be successful. Left hand gets through by Carmont, as does another kick, but Souza goes for the takedown. He’s unable to get it this time. Souza with a nice wheel kick and Carmont fires back, going for a takedown of his own. Souza with a right hand that connects, and he follows up with a takedown attempt against the fence. Carmont doing a good job of defending the takedown and he stays on his feet, catching Souza with a right. Carmont looks to be angry and he lands a combo. Carmont not impressed by a spinning attempt, and he connects with a right and a nice switch kick to the midsection.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 3: Souza all over Carmont, scoring a takedown a minute in and working to the back. Huge fists by Souza and Carmont is in trouble. Souza wants to finish this one now, as he looks in a possible rear-naked and is landing clean blows to the face. Carmont working for wrist control to reverse and get on top, and Souza slips to the back again, locking in a figure four. Just a neck crank despite the crowd hoping for more from Souza.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)