Jacare Souza will bring his talents to squaring the circle.
Longtime Strikeforce and UFC fighter Souza is known for his fighting because he was prolific in jiu-jitsu. Yet since retiring from MMA he says he started training in boxing and enjoyed it and is now getting closer to a deal that will see him box.
“I couldn’t stay away from my workout routine,” said Souza Sherdog.com. “I started training boxing and got a fight proposal that I liked.”
Although Souza verbally accepted the deal, he did not sign the contract, so he is unable to say which promotion and who he will fight. However, the Brazilian says he can’t wait to show off his new improved strike.
“I can’t say the name of the event yet. What I can say is that my boxing is already sharpening, ”said Souza. “Even though I’m from jiu-jitsu, I’ve always loved boxing, and if you see my MMA fights, I’ve always had strong hands.”
The news is undoubtedly surprising to many, as Jacare Souza wasn’t exactly known for his strikes when competing in the UFC. Still, he says he’s been working on it and can’t wait to show off his improvements.
Souza last fought at UFC 262 in May, where he suffered a loss to Andre Muniz. After the loss, he retired from MMA and many expected this to end him competing in combat sports, but that is obviously not the case. It was his fourth straight loss as he was eliminated by Kevin Holland, and consecutive decision setbacks for Jan Blachowicz and Jack Hermansson. During his career, he holds notable victories over Chris Weidman, Gegard Mousasi, Robbie Lawler and Derek Brunson among countless others.
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