Two Brazilian middleweight contenders went head-to-head in the co-main event of UFC 198 from Curitiba, Brazil on Saturday night, as former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza faced former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. The favorite heading into this matchup, Souza, dominated the fight from the opening bell to the moment the referee called the fight off. Jacare was able to take Belfort down early and use vicious ground-and-pound to win by TKO.
What was the highlight of this fight?
The highlight of the fight was not necessarily Jacare's impressive stoppage, but instead him making a statement regarding how well-rounded he is. Jacare, although skilled everywhere, excels in the grappling department but did not entirely depend on his jiu-jitsu against Belfort. Instead, took Belfort down and pounded him out with his powerful striking, proving how good he is, everywhere.
Where do these two go from here?
Jacare called for a title shot against the winner of Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman II (UFC 199) but with his loss to Yoel Romero this past December, I'm not sure he totally deserves it. With Romero coming off the suspension, you can argue Souza does, but I'd actually rather see him fight someone like Michael Bisping in a No. 1 contender's bout.
Belfort should probably retire -- he probably should've retired quite some time ago, though, so I doubt he does step away from the sport. I'd actually like to see The Phenom get paired up with Anderson Silva next; I think that's a rematch that makes sense and still is a relatively intriguing matchup with both coming off losses.
Watch now, later, or never?
If you're down for some Brazilian violence, watch Souza vs. Belfort now.