Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 36, which was originally set to go down on Feb. 8, 2014 from Jaragua do Sul in Santa Catarina, Brazil, but has now been rescheduled to Feb. 15 due to conflicting television schedules and will ultimately air on FOX Sports 1.
Following Constantinos Philippou against Carmont at UFC 165, a scrap UFC President Dana White wasn't all too impressed with, there was talk of Luke Rockhold fighting "Limitless" following a return from injury. Plans have since changed as now Rockhold will fight Philippou and the Frenchman will take on the surging "Jacare."
Carmont is on a six-fight win streak in UFC -- 11 total -- but hasn't exactly brought down the house in the process. See his last outing for proof. The middleweight has made sure 16 of his fights have not gone the distance though, earning the submission finish in 10 of them. He will look to use his strong grappling skills against Souza, who loves to stand and trade.
Put simply, "Jacare" has been on a tear.
His most recent showing was a first-round knockout of Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 28. A fight that was the end of Okami's UFC career as he since ended up signing with World Series of Fighting (WSOF). Souza needed 180 days to recuperate from the fight due to a foot injury.
A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, "Jacare" (19-3) had publicly been campaigning for the victor of what was supposed to be Mark Munoz vs. Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 30. The winner of that fight ended up being Machida (Bisping eye injury), so UFC Fight Night 36 very well could end up being the event to decide who the next middleweight title contender is.
Time will tell.