For reasons I can’t quite explain to you, I am a big Jacare Souza fan. Maybe it’s my partiality to BJJ practitioners or the fact that he was one of the first fighters I came across in my introduction to the sport. How it came to be, however, doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the man they call “Jacare” has been among the ranks of my favorite fighters for a long time. Due to this, I see it as my duty to write about him, if only to preserve his legacy a small amount.

If you clicked on this article with no knowledge about who Souza is, allow me to give you an introduction.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners the sport of MMA has ever seen. His esteemed BJJ career saw him claim victories over Marcelo Garcia, Roger Gracie, Fabricio Werdum, Robert Drysdale, Fernando TererĂª, Demian Maia, and many more. He won world championships in IBJJF, CBJJO, ADCC, and countless others. He had put together quite the BJJ career for a man who originally dreamed of being a professional footballer. Accomplishing just about everything one man could in BJJ, Souza decided to bring his talents to the then-fledgling sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Souza would go on to be remembered as one of the greatest middleweights to ever grace the sport.

Souza began his MMA career in a manner that suited him, facing a matchup lopsided against his favor. While Souza was embarking on his first trip into the MMA cage, his opponent was making his 25th. Jorge Patino was no stranger to MMA, even making a singular UFC appearance, losing to Pat Miletich. As one might expect, besides his BJJ credentials, Souza would lose in his MMA debut. It may have been hard to envision at the time, but this low moment would be the beginning of a long and storied career.

Souza’s next MMA fight was one more fitting for a fighter in the early stages of their career, a Russian debutant by the name of Victor Babir. After defeating Babir and claiming the first victory of his career, Souza took two years off to compete in high-profile BJJ competitions. In his return, the Jungle Fight matchmakers went back to a seemingly lopsided matchup. Across the cage from the now 1-1 Souza was 22-3 Alexander Shlemenko. Shlemenko had been collecting wins all over the world and came into the fight on the back of four consecutive victories. Souza would defeat Shlemenko and six more after it before signing with upstart promotion Dream.

While Jungle Fight now has established itself as the pinnacle of the Brazilian Regional scene, Dream was a big step-up for Souza. He would win three straight before appearing in the finals of their 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix. The other finalist was a young Dutch fighter by the name of Gegard Mousasi. We now know Mousasi as a former UFC contender and the current Bellator Middleweight Champion. While younger, Mousasi had nearly twice the MMA experience of Jacare. He had put together an impressive run for someone who had lost their debut in embarrassing fashion. He had quickly become one of the most dangerous submission threats in the sport. Winning against Mousasi and claiming the Grand Prix victory would skyrocket Souza to the top of the MMA world.

The beginning of the fight looked standard for any Souza fight. He was inching towards Mousasi slowly while Mousasi was keeping him out of range with a jab. Souza then goes for the takedown. If he can get the fight to the ground then it is in his domain. Grappling with Jacare is quite literally like swimming with an alligator, which is the English translation of “Jacare.” Mousasi tries to grab onto the ropes to stop the takedown but it is unsuccessful. Jacare quickly transitions to half guard and suddenly the optics resemble the classic lead-up to a Jacare victory. He begins to set up the arm triangle choke, a favorite of Souza’s. He can’t quite seem to lock it up, so he stands up and fires punches from stack guard. He dives in with an overhand and immediately gets caught with an upkick. Souza falls to the mat unconscious. Mousasi is mobbed by his corner as confetti falls from the ceiling. In the biggest moment of his career to this point, he fell short. Had this been Souza’s first career loss, what happens next might be different. Jacare had experienced defeat before, so he did what every great fighter does when they face it, he learned.

Jacare’s time with Dream would end after a No Contest against Jason Miller, going 3-1, 1 NC in the promotion. Souza would go back to BJJ, competing in the ADCC Superfight against Robert Drysdale, claiming a thrilling victory. With a huge victory under his belt, Jacare would return to MMA with a vengeance. Souza would sign with Strikeforce and win his debut fight against Matt Lindland with an arm triangle choke. Three months later, Souza would find himself in the win column once again, snapping the four fight win streak of “Smokin” Joey Villasenor. At the time, Strikeforce’s middleweight belt was vacant. When looking to book the title fight, the spotlight shone on two fighters. Tim Kennedy had racked up three straight wins in Strikeforce and was quickly making a name for himself. The other was Jacare Souza.

Both Kennedy and Souza were 12-2 and both had lots of hype behind them. Souza was being sold as “the most decorated grappler on the planet” and Kennedy was the military hero who the fans could rally behind. Jacare was a decent sized favorite. A lot of his recklessness that cost him against Mousasi seemed to diminish. He knew what he had to do. The fight against Kennedy was an atypical fight for him. While the billing advertised a classic striker versus grappler, Jacare did not successfully take Kennedy down once, instead landing the bigger shots on the feet to eventually earn him the unanimous decision. His performance wasn’t perfect, however, as questions began to arise about Jacare’s cardio. Those concerns could be tabled for another time, as Souza had earned a celebration. Jacare had just won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship, the biggest accomplishment of his career. From coming up short in the last big moment to succeeding in the next, Jacare had shown growth and truly established himself as one of the greatest middleweights in the world.

Jacare’s first defense of his middleweight championship would come nearly six months after his coronation. His challenger would be a name well-known to every MMA fan, Robbie Lawler. This version of Lawler had already completed his first UFC stint and his legendary title run would not come until three more years had passed. Lawler’s record in Strikeforce was dead-even, with two wins and two losses. His title shot would come off the back of a first-round knockout of Matt Lindland. In his prime, Lawler was one of the most violent and dangerous strikers the divisions had seen up until that point. Of the 18 wins he carried into the bout with Souza, 15 of those were by knockout. Souza had been knocked out before but the reasonable expectation was that Souza would claim the victory over Lawler. Jacare entered the cage as the -205 favorite. During the fight, Lawler had Souza hurt with a knee and punches but he committed the fatal flaw of jumping into the guard of a world class grappler. From there, the fight was all Jacare’s. He handled Lawler on the ground and submitted him in the middle of the third round.

With Souza’s victory over Lawler, he notched his first title defense and extended his record to 14-2. Souza was on top of the MMA world and fans all over were gushing about the Brazilian champion. His next defense was against some newcomer from San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy. The man’s name was Luke Rockhold. In a few years’ time, Luke Rockhold would be talked about as one of the greatest middleweights who has ever lived. But in September of 2011, he was a little-known prospect. Hardcore fans had their eyes on Rockhold, as he had tallied six straight finishes in Strikeforce, clearly establishing himself as the #1 contender for Jacare’s title. Jacare at this point was seen as wasting his talent in Strikeforce. The masses thought he was too good for the promotion and that reflected in the predictions leading up to the fight. 95% of Tapology users predicted Souza to beat Rockhold and Souza entered the cage a -430 favorite. The majority of the MMA was counting out Rockhold, and this would be to their undoing. In a now legendary performance, Rockhold pieced apart Jacare, surviving many ground exchanges. Rockhold took control in the later rounds and used his far superior striking to ride to a clear decision. Rockhold would pick up his seventh straight win and the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.

Jacare would go and compete in ADCC two weeks after the Rockhold loss, losing to Braulo Estima to end his ADCC experience. In his MMA return, Souza would swiftly submit Bristol Marunde. Jacare was wasting no time in getting back to his winning ways. While Rockhold was defending the belt, Jacare was slowly inching his way back to a rematch. Jacare would string together two more finishes in Strikeforce against Derek Brunson and Ed Herman. Unfortunately, before Jacare could get another shot at Rockhold’s belt, Strikeforce was bought by the UFC and Jacare was one of the fighters that made the transition. MMA fans had been waiting for years to see Jacare Souza in the UFC and their persistence would pay off. In his time with Strikeforce, Souza would go 7-1 and was one of the greatest fighters to grace the promotion. Souza, Rockhold, Brunson, and many other middleweights were now in the UFC. The UFC middleweight division was about to enter its golden age.

Four months after Jacare’s final Strikeforce win over Ed Herman, he would make his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi. Jacare would co-main the event. Souza would make a quick turnaround to co-main his second UFC card against Yushin Okami. Souza would knock out Okami in the first round and put himself on the map as a contender in the middleweight division. By the time 2014 rolled around, Souza would find himself in yet another co-main event against Francis Carmont. The fight itself was quite unremarkable, but Souza would win the decision over Carmont and pick up his third straight win in the UFC. With his status as a top contender cemented, the UFC had a piece of booking gold on their hands. Jacare would be booked for his first UFC main event against an old foe, Gegard Mousasi.

The Jacare-Mousasi rematch sold itself. Their first fight had high stakes behind it and their second fight had even higher. The winner would now be trusted into the UFC title picture. People were quite divided on what they thought would happen. Jacare was only a small favorite compared to the odds he had for his first three UFC bouts. In the first round, the striking exchanges were dull but Jacare found a way to take the fight to the ground. In the first, almost like poetry, he almost got hit with an upkick, but this time, he dodged it. The rest of the fight played out like a movie. Jacare had survived the exact same scenario that lost him the fight against Mousasi the first time.

Jacare’s plan was obvious, he wanted to attack Mousasi from side control. He kept transitioning from side control and made Mousasi defend a kimura attempt from side control as the final seconds of the first round faded away. Jacare went on the offensive as soon as the second round began, hitting Mousasi hard and backing him up to the fence. After another successful takedown, Jacare has brought the fight to his world once again. After dodging a few more upkicks, he goes back to attacking the arm. Nabbing another kimura with a minute left in the round, Mousasi somehow was able to survive.

The dynamic had become obvious.

Souza had grown exponentially since they first met nearly six years previous. Jacare’s BJJ had acclimated more to the MMA landscape and he was not as defensively vulnerable as he was when they last fought. Mousasi now had nothing for him. The third round played out similarly to the first two, with Mousasi landing early and Jacare pushing him against the fence and bringing the fight to the ground. As thew halfway point of the third ticked away, Jacare pushed Mousasi up against the fence and pulled a risky move. Pulling guard rarely works in MMA, you have to be an incredible grappler to pull it off and especially good to do it successfully against a fighter who is competent on the ground like Mousasi is. Jacare pulled guard and zipped up a guillotine choke. Mousasi tapped instantly. Jacare had now gotten back one of the biggest losses of his career and inserted himself into the title picture.

The UFC’s plans for Souza were quite clear. On two separate occasions, Souza was matched up with Cuban standout Yoel Romero. Romero had been ascedning up the UFC rankings alongside Souza and the two were matched for a title eliminator fight. Unfortunately, on the second booking of Jacare vs Romero, it was cancelled. Souza electedto stay on the card so the UFC brought back Chris Camozzi. After his first loss to Souza, Camozzi would lose three more and get cut from the UFC.

After two finishes in Prize FC, Camozzi would be brought back into the UFC to fight Souza again. After submitting Camozzi in the first, the UFC finally accomplished their booking goal. On the main card of UFC 194, Souza would finally fight Yoel Romero. The only fights above it would be Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold.

While Yoel Romero was known as the physical specimen we all know him as today, the general consensus was that Jacare would pick up the victory over the Cuban. Jacare was 5-0 in the UFC while Romero was 6-0. Romero had finished all who stood before him in the UFC with the exception of the notoriously durable Brad Tavares. While Jacare entered the fight with his incredibly high BJJ credentials, Romero entered with near-even wrestling. The stakes were being set for one of the most high-level middleweight bouts the division had ever seen. Jacare was the slight favorite and had most people predicting him to beat Romero.

The first round between the two was electric.

The most memorable moment was Romero dropping Jacare with a spinning backfgist and proceeding to dive into his guard. No one had ever dived into Jacare’s guard and lived to tell the tale, but Romero was able to use his wrestling credentials to keep Jacare from utilizing his legendary BJJ. The first round would assuredly be Romero’s on the scorecards. An unremarkable second round saw Romero defend a takedown using an illegal cage grab. While there wasn’t a lot of action, most people saw the round for Souza. The third round was definitively Jacare’s. He was able to land big strikes on Romero and even secure a takedown to the point where he could hold Romero down for the rest of the round. The world saw the fight clearly, 29-28 Souza. Rounds 2 and 3 to jacare, round 1 to Romero. Unfortunately, only one of the judges scoring the fight, Lester Griffin, scored it for Souza. In a controversial split decision, Romero would pick up the victory over Souza and take that next step to the UFC title. This loss would begin the series of events that would see Jacare as one of the unluckiest fighters in MMA history.

Jacare would take five months off before restarting his quest for UFC glory. The opponent awaiting him was fellow Brazilian legend Vitor Belfort. In the co-main of UFC 198, Jacare would finish Belfort to get the momentum back behind him. The UFC looked to book a rematch with Luke Rockhold in Rockhold’s first appearance since losing the UFC Middleweight Championship to Michael Bisping. Before the Rockhold booking occurred, though, the UFC reached out to Souza to be a late replacement to fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship against then-champion Michael Bisping. Jacare was injured at the time, so he could not claim the title shot.

The UFC would book Jacare against TIm Boetsch, who had been in the midst of a slight career renaissance after two consecutive finishes. Boetsch stood no chance, as he was submitted by Jacare in the first round. The two consecutive finishes for Souza found him in another title eliminator with surging TUF winner, Robert Whittaker. Like most of Souza’s losses to this point, the majority of people picked him to win. He entered the bout against Whittaker as a slight favorite but some fans saw what was eventually going to happen. Ever since moving up to the middleweight division, Whittaker had been an unstoppable force and Jacare was his first true elite test.

The test, though, he would pass with flying colors. Whittaker would knock Souza out in the first, utilizing his legendary high kick to put down the Brazilian. With the win over Souza, Whittaker would fight Romero for the Interim Middleweight Championship and eventually win the undisputed belt. Unfortunately for Jacare, it was back to the drawing board once again.

After the Whittaker loss in April 2017, Jacare would not appear again until 2018, this time headlining against an old Strikeforce foe in Derek Brunson. Brunson was coming off first round knockouts of Dan Kelly and Lyoto Machida and people were starting to recognize that he was truly ready to compete with the elite. Bettors saw the momentum on Brunson’s side, making him the favorite by fight time. This marked the first time in his UFC career that Jacare was the underdog. Jacare must have taken that personally as the Brunson performance is the most recognized highlight from his career. After a slow start to the fight, Jacare pressured forward and landed a huge head kick that staggered Brunson. Jacare walked him down like the Terminator and finished him with ground and pound. The spectacular knockout brought the limelight back to Souza.

The UFC didn’t hesitate to throw Souza back in the cage, and less than four months later he would co-main event UFC 224 against TUF Winner Kelvin Gastelum. While the fight didn’t have title implications, the division was slowly shifting away from Jacare in title contention. Picking up a win over Gastelum was of utmost importance to his career. Gastelum was riding the momentum of a thunderous knockout over former champion Michael Bisping. He was ready to reach the top of the division. It was a clash of the aging guard of middleweight with the new blood.

The odds were as close as they could come. The predictions were close. Many people had no clue as to what would happen between Jacare and Gastelum. The confusion was warranted, while Gastelum was winning fights in the middleweight division, he had not been truly tested by an elite fighter yet. Jacare had not been able to string together a lot of wins in years but his skills and accomplishments always made him a threat to whoever he fought. Those questions would be answered as soon as the cage door closed. Jacare implemented his gameplan immediately.

While early off he did seem to be a bit off-put by Gastelum’s had speed, he still was able to land the takedown and pass Gastelum’s guard into mount. He got some damage off and went back to his corner knowing the first was most likely his. The first half of the second round was seemingly even but in. the second half is where the paradigm would shift. Gastelum dropped Jacare with a massive punch and kept the attack up until the end of the round. At this point, many people began to notice that Jacare was tiring. This was not uncanny, as he was 38 years old and had just been battered. Jacare rallied well though and had an even third round with Gastelum. Everyone knew before the decision was announced it would be dicy. Jacare clearly won the first and Gastelum easily took the second.

The real questions that came into play were was the second round a 10-8 round for Gastelum and who won the third round. In another controversial split decision, Gastelum would pick up the victory over Souza. This fight remains a point of contention to this day, as it truly is one of the hardest fights to score in recent memory. Controversy aside, Jacare had lost yet again and his dream of a UFC championship was fading. Luckily for him, a big opportunity was on the rise.

Jacare would take six more months before returning to the cage. Originally booked to face David Branch, Jacare was rebooked and instead given the former champion Chris Weidman. The twist? The fight was to take place in Weidman’s home state of New York. The fight was to co-main the UFC’s triumphant return to Madison Square Garden. Weidman was originally supposed to rematch Luke Rockhold but Rockhold pulled out and Jacare stepped in. Branch, left without a dance partner, was matched with Jared Cannonier. This was Weidman’s first appearance in over a year, returning from a well-aging win over the surging Kelvin Gastelum. Weidman was not long removed from losing his title and was still seen as one of the absolute best fighters in the division. Jacare found himself the underdog yet again.

People had realized that his best days were behind him and Weidman may still be in his prime. Early on in the fight, those sentiments were on their way to be proven true. Weidman looked like the much sharper man, showcasing a much deeper striking arsenal than Souza’s. he was landing more volume and had busted up Souza’s nose, making him bleed. By the end of the second round, many people saw the fight two rounds to zero for Weidman. As the third round began, a different dynamic was becoming obvious. Usually the man to tire first, Jacare was the fresher fighter as Weidman had seemed to tire greatly. As the halfway point of the third elapsed, Jacare landed a massive shot to Weidman’s temple that sent him to the floor unconscious. Jacare stood over his foe in victory. Something, however, was off. The referee “Big” Dan Miragliotta had not called the fight yet.

Even though Weidman was clearly unconscious, Big Dan didn’t see the fight as over.

Jacare protested as he didn’t want to hit Weidman more than what was necessary. Jacare relented and landed small blows to Weidman’s head, finally convincing Miragliotta to call the fight for Souza. He didn’t look happy, however. He felt like he hurt Weidman more than he needed to. Emotions aside, the victory over Weidman thrust the 38-year-old Souza right back into the title picture. Maybe this was the beginning of a career renaissance or maybe it was the beginning of the end.

Fort Lauderdale was getting ready to host an amazing UFC main event. Yoel Romero was making his return to the cage against Paulo Costa. The two men had the most talked-about physiques in the division and the fight was salivated over. Two huge middleweights who hit hard and always put on good fights? How could they go wrong? The disaster started when Costa pulled out of the fight, leaving Romero without an opponent. In steps Jacare Souza. The loss to Romero had been one he had been itching to get back for years. This was his chance to get revenge on the Cuban who had derailed his initial title aspirations. The fight was signed and the rematch was on. Or was it? Romero, like his previous opponent, had to pull out, leaving Jacare as the only fighter in the main event. The UFC scrambled to find a replacement and they landed on budding prospect Jack Hermansson. Hermansson had introduced himself to the wide UFC audience, not even a month prior with a nasty guillotine over David Branch. From Costa versus Romero to Romero versus Jacare 2 to Jacare versus Hermansson. This time, the fight would stick and the two were ready to fight. Hermansson’s performance was incredible. He was much faster and it was clear that he was the much more gifted striker. Worryingly for Jacare, he seemed unafraid of him on the ground and even had Jacare in a deep guillotine choke in the second round. Jacare would rally in the third as he seemed to be able to find a home for his overhands. Jack was too tough, however, and would go on to win the next round. With Jacare unable to finish Hermansson in the fifth round, the decision was given to Hermansson. Jacare’s gamble had failed miserably. He plummeted down the rankings as Hermansson took his spot at the top of the division. This truly was the beginning of the end.

Jacare decided to gamble again in November of 2019, almost seven months after his loss to Hermansson. After fighting his entire career at middleweight, Jacare was moving up to light heavyweight. Waiting for him there was rising Polish contender Jan Blachowicz. Jacare’s move up to 205 was not something that shocked fans too much, as many middleweights of his era had tried to move up to 205 in 2019. Chris Weidman attempted to move to 205 and was brutally knocked out by Dominick Reyes. Jacare’s opponent, Jan Blachowicz, had thwarted Luke Rockhold’s attempt that summer with a memorable knockout. Souza was looking to bring success to his middleweight brethren. The fight with Blachowicz was memorable for all of the wrong reasons.

Fans saw it as one of the most boring fights they had ever seen. The majority of the first three rounds saw Souza pressing Jan against the cage and unsuccessfully looking for takedowns. There was little action in the first three. As the fourth round began, Jacare looked clearly fatigued and he could not press Blachowicz against the cage. Blachowicz began landing more on Souza with little resistance. Blachowicz would win another split decision. The fight would go on to be known as one of the worst main events of all time. Jacare had yet again lost a big gamble.

He was no longer ranked in the middleweight division and found himself at #15 at 205. Light Heavyweight was not Jacare’s home. He announced that he would be returning to middleweight on the UFC’s first card since the pandemic shutdown, UFC 249. Across the cage from him would be Uriah Hall. Jacare’s stretch of bad luck would only continue and it manisfeted in the worst way possible.

UFC 249 took place during the true height of COVID-19. The promotion was the first major sports league to make a comeback and the card was stacked to the brim. Souza was ready to revive his career against an opponent that fits the archetype of fighters that he’s beaten in the past. The bomb would drop right before the event began. Jacare had tested positive for COVID-19. At the time, this was a bombshell. Jacare made national news for testing positive. The test reflected poorly on the UFC as well, as Jacare had shaken the hand of UFC President Dana White the day before. The fight with Hall was scrapped and Jacare was plastered online. Souza would not return until over a year later.

Originally booked to face Marvin Vettori, Souza was preparing to keep the gate against an upcoming prospect. However, Darren Till would back out of his fight with Jack Hermansson, bringing Kevin Holland in to face him. A positive COVID test from Holland saw him removed form the bout and Vettori was the one to step in against Hermansson. Holland’s test was recognized as a false positive and he then stepped in to face Souza. Holland had been the UFC’s Quarantine King, exponentially increasing his popularity and cementing himself as an A-List fighter. The competition Holland had been beating was relatively low-level, and Jacare was seen as the stepping stone for him to enter the rankings. Yet again, Souza was faced with tumultuous opponent-swapping.

As Souza walked to the cage, he was smiling and bobbing his head to his walkout music.

The commentary team remarked on how happy and loose he looked compared to his Hermansson and Blachowicz fights. During the fight, he would take Holland down with ease. Jacare had him in his world. This was his opportunity to halt the rise of the most talked-about fighter in the division

. As he postured up in Holland’s guard, Holland began swinging wildly. The big punches connected and Souza folded over unconscious. Jacare had been finished brutally again and his career seemed dead in the water. He had now lost three straight and with the promotion cutting a lot of veterans on losing skids, fans began to worry that Jacare’s time in the UFC was coming to an end. Fortunately, he would be given one more chance.

Souza found himself in a situation he had not been in for a long time. He was unranked, on the prelims, and fighting an unheralded fighter who was also unranked. His opponent, Andre Muniz, was similar to Jacare. While he didn’t have the lumbering striking style that Souza had, he was an incredibly gifted grappler. The fight excited fans, as it was one of the highest level BJJ showcases ever showcased on a UFC card. The fight also seemed winnable for Jacare. However, disaster would strike yet again. Muniz’s youth and speed was too much for Jacare.

Even though Jacare’s credentials far outmatched Muniz’s, Muniz was getting the better of the grappling exchanges. Muniz grabbed onto an armbar as ther first round expired and Jacare’s arm snapped. In a parallel to his legendary grappling match with Roger Gracie, he had fractured his arm. This time, however, instead of continuing on to claim a victory like he did against Gracie, the fight was called off. Jacare congratulated Muniz on his victory and walked out of the UFC octagon for the final time. The UFC announced that it would not resign Souza and Souza would retire soon after.

So now we find ourselves here. We’ve traveled a journey of 36 fights over 18 years. You may be thinking, why put in all this effort for a fighter who never reached the top of the sport? The answer is I think it’s important for people to know who Jacare was.

In his prime, he was the most feared middleweight on planet Earth. Going to the ground with him was signing your death warrant. While he may have never. learned to truly wrestle or have a diverse striking arsenal, he was able to use his skills to progress to heights rarely seen by most fighters. This was a man who never dreamed of fighting. He wanted to be a footballer and when that didn’t work out he went to BJJ. MMA was Souza’s third sport and yet he still is talked about as one of the greatest middleweights of all time.

When people think of Jacare with a broken arm, I want them to picture him beating Roger Gracie. Again, I can’t tell you why I am such a fan of Jacare Souza.

Why does anyone like what they like? Jacare Souza is a type of fighter we may never see again and I think it’s important we appreciate him for everything he has done in his career. This piece is my way of saying thank you to the fighter that has brought me so much joy. Jacare, if you’re reading this, thank you for everything you have done and I wish nothing but the best for you in retirement



By Zach Harkness

Zach Harkness is the head fight analyst at MMA Island.

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