Two-time absolute world champion of Jiu-Jitsu Ronaldo Jacarétries for another important achievement this Saturday, when he faces Tim Kennedy in the cage at Strikeforce: Houston.
Jaca has had a shot at an important belt on two prior occasions. On his first chance, at Japan’s Dream promotion, he ended up losing to Gegard Mousasi. On his second, his fight with Jason Miller ended in a no contest after an illegal blow thrown by the American. Will his third shot be a charm? Jacaré thinks so:
“I’ve been training really hard for this fight. Tim’s a great fighter. I don’t know if I’ll win by submission or knockout, but I trained for it,” says the middleweight.
“He’s a good wrestler and has good ground skills. He’s a strong opponent. The belt deserves a good fight and I know Tim and I will have one,” he adds.
Concerned about the ground skills possessed by his opponent, the current ADCC superfight champion, Tim Kennedy is on his toes.
“I brought in some of the best guys I could to train Jiu-Jitsu. My camp over the last few months was set up to face one of the best grapplers in MMA history. I didn’t do anything else but prepare for Jacaré. I trained three times a day and I’m much stronger and quicker than ever,” he warns.
Check out the complete card of the event:
August 21, 2010
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante
Tim Kennedy vs Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza
Jorge Gurgel vs K.J. Noons
Chad Griggs vs Bobby Lashley
Daniel Cormier vs Jason Riley
Andre Galvão vs Jorge Patino
Rocky Long vs Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes
Kier Gooch vs Adam Schindler
Jose Santibanez vs Reynaldo Trujillo
Humberto DeLeon vs Chad Robichaux
(Collaborator: Nalty Jr)