‘Jacare’ Souza Contemplating Return to 185 Pounds After Loss in Light Heavyweight Debut
By: Tristen Critchfield Nov 30, 2019
Souza’s light heavyweight debut did not go as planned, as he
dropped an underwhelming split decision to Jan
Blachowicz in the UFC Fight Night 164 headliner on Nov. 16.
It was the third loss in four outings for the former Strikeforce
middleweight champion, and it now seems that “Jacare” is already
pondering a return to the weight class he has called home for the
majority of his career.
“My manager and my team are talking which weight class I’ll fight
next, so there’s a lot going on here right now,” Souza recently
MMAFighting.com. “We’ll make a decision really soon on what’s
best for us. We’re looking at staying at 205 or going back to
Souza struggled to take down the larger Blachowicz in Sao Paulo,
and as a result, he was outstruck in a slow-paced, five-round bout.
After the defeat, the Brazilian revealed that he
battled an illness leading up to the fight.
Even at 40 years old, Souza seems willing to revisit the weight cut
that he was just recently so happy to avoid in moving up to 205
pounds. For now, though, nothing is set in stone regarding the
Brazilian’s future plans.
“Everybody suffers cutting weight, that’s life, but I’m 40 years
old,” he said. “I cut weight my entire life and maybe I was full of
it, but I’m excited again, I’m happy, and I want to work. I’m still
one of the top fighters of the division.”