At least some good has come from self-isolating for UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally expected to take on creative striker Uriah Hall at the now-postponed UFC 249 card, ‘Jacare’ for the first time in his professional MMA career was taking his diet seriously ahead of the scrapped April 18 event.
In an interview with Ag Fight, Souza explains how he was always genetically gifted and never needed to struggle with dieting, but self-isolation helped him even further to maintain weight, with all restaurants and shops closed in his neighborhood.
“Because I’m genetically privileged, I believe God gave me something different. Because of that, I have been dropping the ball a lot with the way I eat. I could eat anything and I would remain thin, skinny, I never lost because of my weight. For the first time, actually, I’m on a rigid diet, which impressed me. My wife has been helping me, too, she’s always on my case.”
“I always dieted.” Jacare continued. “But I would leave the gym, straight from practice, and go eat a burger, which I love. This time I can’t leave the house because nothing is open. I’m screwed. My wife got me good here at home.”
Currently on a two-fight skid, Ronaldo Souza (26-8-1 NC) dropped a split decision to Jan Blachowicz in a one-fight try at light heavyweight, back in November 2019, and a unanimous decision to Jack Hermansson in April of the same year. The 40-year-old’s last win happened in November 2018, when he knocked out former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.