Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza's broken hand. Photo via Tatame.com
After six months away from action, Ronaldo Souza returned last night (March, 3, 2012) at the Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" event in Columbus, Ohio, to take on last minute replacement, Bristol Marunde.
"Jacare" dominated the newcomer for the duration of the bout and after a few failed submission attempts, eventually trapped Marunde in a tight arm-triangle choke that gave the Brazilian a much needed, but expected win.
What was more impressive than his submission victory? The fact that he fought for three rounds and was able to finish his opponent with a broken left hand ... and thumb.
After the bout, the submission specialist knew he had injured his hand in the opening round, but did not know for sure the extent of his injuries. X-Rays later showed that he had indeed broken his hand and thumb to accompany it and he sent Tatame the pictures to prove it while also confirming the injury via his official Twitter account.
Souza hoped that this win would earn him a title shot and a chance to avenge his loss to the man that took the title away from him, Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, but the tough break (pun intended) will likely keep him out of action for a while.