For the second Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) in a row, a legend of the sport has had one of his limbs broken in half.
At UFC 261 it was Chris Weidman who suffered a tibia-fibula fracture that left his leg bent 90 degrees halfway down the shin (see it). Last night (Sat., May 15, 2021) at UFC 262, we had to watch (and hear) Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza suffer a horrible arm break that finished his fight against Andre Muniz in the first round (see it).
“Jacare” took the injury with surprisingly good humor, waving off the concerned ringside physician and smiling as he discussed the end of the fight with Muniz. Some hoped that might mean the injury wasn’t as horrible as it sounded as it was replayed again and again on UFC 262’s broadcast.
But, it turns out Souza is just crazy tough:
MMA Fighting reached out to Souza’s physician, Rickson Moraes, who reported “Jacare” had suffered a fractured right humerus, which is the upper arm bone between the shoulder and elbow. Souza will undergo “urgent surgery” in the next few days in the United States before returning to Brazil.
The loss is 41-year-old Souza’s fourth in a row and second grisly loss. Back in Dec. 2020 Kevin Holland knocked the Brazilian submission specialist out cold (see it), and now “Jacare’s” bone was snapped by another hungry up-and-comer.
UFC veteran and fellow old dude Dan Hardy had it right: UFC isn’t matching up veterans against each other any more. These days you’re more likely to get matched against the latest young buck to tear someone in half on Dana White’s “Contender Series.”
It’s unclear whether this was the last time we’ll see Souza in the Octagon, but he’ll definitely be out a while healing his arm. Whatever the case, “Jacare” gave us a good ten years of wild fights and impressive performances.
Here’s hoping for a quick recovery ...
UPDATE Jacare is
out of surgery heading into surgery tomorrow and looking happy!
For complete UFC 262: “Chandler vs. Oliveira” results and play-by-play, click HERE.