Brazilian mixed martial arts veteran Ronaldo Souza (26-10-0-1) has announced that he will no longer take part in fights under the rules of MMA. Nevertheless, Ronaldo is not going to be completely inactive, but intends to focus on jiu-jitsu, a sport in which he has repeatedly become a world champion.
“I’ve already fought too much, I’ve retired too young from jiu-jitsu, and I think I’ve fought too much in MMA and I have no plans to go back to fighting,” Souza told Combate . “It’s really over. I’m retiring from MMA, and I’m going back to the sport where I made history, the sport I love too much.
“I’m returning to training and, who knows, [maybe] I’ll go back to competing [in jiu-jitsu]. I’m driven by challenges, and jiu-jitsu is becoming a challenge to me because it’s evolving too much, there are so many new things. It’s beautiful to watch.”
“Jacare”, once a highly-ranked fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and a former Strikeforce Middleweight champion, calls it a career at 41-years-old. He ends things on a career-worst four-fight losing streak with consecutive losses to Jack Hermansson, Jan Blachowicz, Kevin Holland and Andre Muniz.
His overall stellar career includes highlight-reel finishes of world champions Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi and Robbie Lawler, plus wins over Derek Brunson (twice), Jason Miller, Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami. He has also shared the cage with killers like Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold. A finisher through-and-through, Souza boasts a near 85 percent finishing rate with 14 submissions and eight (T)KOs in his 26 pro fights.