Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum Set for UFC 224 in Brazil

A pivotal matchup between two top five ranked middleweights is headed to UFC 224 as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is set to meet Kelvin Gastelum on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new fight was announced by UFC officials on Thursday night. N…

A pivotal matchup between two top five ranked middleweights is headed to UFC 224 as Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is set to meet Kelvin Gastelum on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new fight was announced by UFC officials on Thursday night. No. 1 contender match?@JacareMMA meets @KelvinGastelum at #UFC224 in Rio! ? https://t.co/tUT6UQSO5k pic.twitter.com/ac7Y1dmuTM […]

Jacare Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum Set For UFC 224

Tonight (Feb. 22, 2018), the UFC confirmed that a pivotal middleweight fight between No. 2-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and No. 5-ranked Kelvin Gastelum will be taking place at UFC 222, which is set for May 12, 2018 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After suffering a brutal stoppage loss to divisional champion Robert Whittaker last April, […]

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Tonight (Feb. 22, 2018), the UFC confirmed that a pivotal middleweight fight between No. 2-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and No. 5-ranked Kelvin Gastelum will be taking place at UFC 222, which is set for May 12, 2018 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After suffering a brutal stoppage loss to divisional champion Robert Whittaker last April, “Jacare” bounced back last month with an impressive TKO victory over Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC on FOX 27.

Gastelum, on the other hand, suffered a submission loss to Chris Weidman last July before viciously knocking out former champion Michael Bisping late last year in Shanghai, China.

UFC 224 currently does not have a main event. Originally, there were rumors indicating that the UFC was targeting a super fight between Brazilian champions Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes to headline the card, but Cyborg was recently booked to take on Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222. There’s a possibility that Nunes could still headline the card, perhaps to defend her title against Raquel Pennington.

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Kelvin Gastelum Eyeing Fight That Will Earn Him Title Shot

Due to the fact that the middleweight division is currently a bit top heavy with contenders, Kelvin Gastelum likely won’t receive the next title shot, but the 26-year-old is targeting the fight that will get him closest to the strap: “Just the fight that will get me to the title shot,” Gastelum said on a […]

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Due to the fact that the middleweight division is currently a bit top heavy with contenders, Kelvin Gastelum likely won’t receive the next title shot, but the 26-year-old is targeting the fight that will get him closest to the strap:

“Just the fight that will get me to the title shot,” Gastelum said on a recent episode of ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast. “That’s the fight I want. I know I probably won’t get a title shot next, but I want to fight the No. 1 contender.”

And if that opportunity presents itself at welterweight, Gastelum isn’t opposed to cutting back down to 170 pounds:

“If it’s at welterweight, I will make the cut. The cut is dreadful and the diet is extreme, but if it’s worth it, I will do it.”

As far as potential opponents go, Gastelum named Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza as a possibility, although he’s a bit weary of fighting the Brazilian at UFC 224 in his native country:

“I would love to fight in Rio, and obviously a fight with Jacare would propel me to where I want to go. I’m scared of that commission. I don’t know what to think of the commission,” Gastelum said.

“I should probably talk to someone in the commission or [UFC vice president of regulatory affairs] Marc Ratner. Hopefully, he’d keep me safe and nothing happens to my [drug] samples. I just don’t know what to think of the commission over there.”

Would you like to see Gastelum meet “Jacare” later this year?

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Five Best Fights To Make After UFC on FOX 27

The UFC’s FOX-aired cards seem to be getting a good deal smaller in scope and quality since the UFC signed over television broadcasting rights to FOX. The first event featured a heavyweight title fight, something that would entice perhaps more casual fans to eventually order a PPV. Now, the main cards are extremely top-heavy at […]

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The UFC’s FOX-aired cards seem to be getting a good deal smaller in scope and quality since the UFC signed over television broadcasting rights to FOX.

The first event featured a heavyweight title fight, something that would entice perhaps more casual fans to eventually order a PPV.

Now, the main cards are extremely top-heavy at best, and not noteworthy at worst. Saturday night was a typical FOX card in 2017/2018; some bright spots and a whole lot of waiting and drawn out fights in between.

Regardless, the UFC landscape has changed again, with a once-great middleweight re-emerging as a top contender and a slew of other changes to the chess game that makes up the UFC weight divisions.

Where do the fighters of UFC on FOX 27 go from here? We broke that down in our list of the five best fights to make following UFC on FOX 27:

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5. Andre Fili vs. Doo Ho Choi

Fili and Choi are two solid but young featherweights who are looking to establish themselves in the division with as much consistency as they can muster.

Choi faltered a bit in his last bout, dropping a TKO loss to veteran Jeremy Stephens, while Fili got back on track with a close split decision over Dennis Bermudez in the UFC on FOX 27 co-main event.

Both men have shown flashes of brilliance during their UFC careers, but have been dealt some stiff competition given their ages and experience.

A fight between the two is perfect for this point and time in their respective careers, and a win for either man woud put them that much closer to the consistency needed to make it to a title shot in a stacked division like featherweight.

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Michael Bisping Considering London Fight Despite Pushback From Family

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has lost two of his last fights, and both by way of brutal finish. Regardless, “The Count” is considering one last fight at the next UFC event in London this March despite pressure from friends and family to retire beforehand. Bisping revealed his plan, as well as the resistance he is […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has lost two of his last fights, and both by way of brutal finish.

Regardless, “The Count” is considering one last fight at the next UFC event in London this March despite pressure from friends and family to retire beforehand.

Bisping revealed his plan, as well as the resistance he is facing from his family, on his podcast Believe You Me (via MMA Fighting):

“There’s a fight in the works for myself, and I’ve got until the end of the day to tell the UFC whether or not I’m taking it. There’s an offer that’s been made to me, and all fairness to the UFC, I’ve been kind of taking my time to give them an answer so I’ve got until the end of the day to give them an answer.

“I’m just debating whether or not I take the fight. For me, whether or not those people can see, I have a bad eye. I have a bad eye and my wife doesn’t want me to continue fighting, and my manager doesn’t want me to continue fighting. I see out of that eye but not as well as I used to, and I’m still a young man so it’s kind of the reason I may hang the gloves up. My wife and manager and friends and people close to me say, ‘Mike, what do you want to do that for? You’ve done it. You’ve had the belt.’ I’ve done it. I’ve done what I set out to achieve.”

Bisping lost the belt to Georges St-Pierre by third-round submission at UFC 217 before making a three-week turnaround in a fight against Kelvin Gastelum, where he was brutally knocked out in the first round.

While his friends and family have made it clear they wish for him to retire now, Bisping feels compelled to fight one last time in front of his hometown fans.

Do you think Bisping should listen to his family and retire now, or would you like to see him in one last fight before throwing in the towel for good?

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