After ending out his contract with the UFC, Jacare Souza is now a free agent and is within the open market to find out his combating future.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza suffered a damaged arm after being submitted at UFC 262 by Andre Muniz at 3:59 of the opening spherical. The loss dropped Souza to 26-10 total, in what can be the ultimate struggle of his UFC contract.
Souza is now a free agent and might take a look at the open market to find out his subsequent profession transfer. Listed here are three choices that Souza may contemplate for his future and past.
Re-sign with the UFC
The best possibility for Souza is to provide the UFC one other shot. He has competed in opposition to a few of the sport’s greatest middleweights since 2013, which embody names similar to Yushin Okami, Yoel Romero, Vitor Belfort, and former middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker. Though his age may come at a drawback, he has proven that he can compete in opposition to high-level competitors yr in and yr out, no matter how a lot in-cage expertise he has.
Transition to Bellator
Bellator has a uniquely completely different format to the UFC within the sense that it makes use of tournament-style formatting to find out its champions. Gegard Mousasi is the present middleweight champion and has previous historical past with Souza earlier than, so a rematch between the 2 might come to fruition if Souza makes the transfer. There’s additionally the choice of Souza rematching Romero if Romero strikes again all the way down to middleweight or if Souza transitions to mild heavyweight. Both approach, compelling rematches are on the desk if Souza goals to go that route.
Compete abroad in ONE Championship
ONE Championship continues to make a reputation for itself as a worldwide MMA promotion to go up in opposition to. It has its fair proportion of former UFC stars in Brandon Vera and Demetrious Johnson, so including Souza might generate a lift in recognition as three distinguished superstars might drive the enterprise and group as an entire. It additionally leaves Souza a possibility to exit of his consolation zone and compete abroad in non-United States territories for the remainder of his profession.
Will Souza stay with the UFC or will different plans take precedence? The world will quickly discover out.