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UFC 198 fight card primer: Jacare Souza vs. Vitor Belfort

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 198 Werdum vs. Miocic in our fight card primer series. Here, we look at the co-main event between Jacare Souza and Vitor Belfort.

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In the co-main event of this weekend's UFC 198 card, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) faces off against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jacare Souza (22-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC). This 3-rounder acts as the co-main event and the warm up to the highly anticipated main event between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. The official UFC rankings place Vitor Belfort at #3 and Jacare Souza at #2.

This fight has all the makings of a barn burner. Both Belfort and Souza are extremely talented and well versed in all facets of the game, this one should really live up to expectations. The main card for UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic airs live on pay-per-view on Saturday, May 14th at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Souza: 36 years old | 6'1" | 72" reach
Belfort: 39 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

Souza: L - Yoel Romero (SD) | W - Chris Camozzi (SUB) | W - Gegard Mousasi (SUB)
Belfort: W - Dan Henderson (KO) | L - Chris Weidman (TKO) | W - Dan Henderson (KO)

How did these two get here?

Vitor Belfort is without doubt one of the most exciting fighters in UFC history. Over the last 20 years, Belfort has shocked audiences with his skills, but as he enters into the twilight of his career he has begun to show weakness. Belfort's title fight against Chris Weidman ended in a disappointing first round TKO, but after knocking out Dan Henderson for the second time, Belfort has managed to maneuver himself within touching distance of another title shot. Belfort's kicking game is ever-evolving and he will be looking to take a step closer to a title shot with a win over Jacare Souza.

Jacare Souza is the complete package. Over the course of his UFC tenure, Jacare Souza has shown a wide variety of skills, from his legendary ground game, which was on display against Gegard Mousasi, to his knockout power which rendered Yushin Okami unconscious within minutes of the opening round. Jacare looked to be on the cusp of a title shot when he faced Yoel Romero at UFC 194, but the split-decision loss has meant that he needs a big win against Vitor Belfort to make a case for a fight for the UFC middleweight championship.

Why should you care?

This one has all the makings of a spectacular finish. I am 100 percent sure that this fight will either end in a knockout or a submission.