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UFC 208 video recap: Ronaldo Souza scores only finish of the night against Tim Boetsch

Check out BloodyElbow.com’s recap of the UFC 208 main card bout between Ronaldo Souza and Tim Boetsch.

UFC 208 was a slow night until it reached its third last fight, Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch. “Jacare,” who was heavily favored going into the pivotal middleweight matchup, easily scored a slick submission win in the first round.

UFC 208 took place live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 11.

After a couple minutes on the feet, Souza landed a takedown and after a few positional advancements on the mat, found himself in full mount on top of “The Barbarian,” who was already in survival mode. Souza grabbed hold of Boetsch’s arm and locked in a kimura, forcing the gritty veteran to tap.

What was the highlight of the fight?

Do I really need to explain the highlight of the fight? Only one thing happened, and that was Souza’s nasty kimura submission midway through the opening round. Souza is one of the best grapplers in mixed martial arts today and once again showed that on Saturday night.

Where do these two go from here?

“Jacare” is in an unfortunate and frustrating situation, because he more than deserves a crack at UFC middleweight gold. But he won’t get it quite yet, because Yoel Romero defeated him just over a year ago, and “The Soldier of God” has yet to get a title shot himself, although it will most likely come against champ Michael Bisping in the next few months. Therefore, Souza will probably have to take another fight. I wouldn’t be against a matchup against Luke Rockhold, who he was supposed to fight in November until the former middleweight champ pulled out with an injury. Rockhold defeated Souza in Strikeforce.

Watch now, later, or never?

Watch now. Right away.