It’s a day for remembering. Let’s go back in time, to August 2003, when the Desafio Black Belt was held in Sao Paulo. The protagonist: Ronaldo Jacaré.
At the time, Jacaré was the IBJJF’s absolute brown-belt world champion. This tournament was his debut as a black-belt.
In his duel with Delson “Pé-de-Chumbo” Heleno, Jacaré made the grips and set the pace, eventually achieving a good-looking takedown. The result was a 7-0 score in Jacaré’s favor and a big celebration.
Cutting back to the present, Jacaré’s next engagement in the UFC will see him face Derek Brunson on Jan. 27 in Charlotte, NC.
Now check out a sample of the technique that has made him an enduring presence at the top: