Preview! Blachowicz Looks To Survive Jaws Of ‘Jacare’

UFC Fight Night Blachowicz v Jacare: Ultimate Media Day

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is just a few hours away from its upcoming UFC Fight Night 164 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place tonight (Sat., Nov. 16, 2019) inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, live on ESPN+.

UFC Fight Night 164 will be headlined by the 205-pound showdown pitting top ranked contender Jan Blachowicz opposite former middleweight standout Ronaldo Souza in what marks “Jacare’s” highly anticipated light heavyweight debut.

Blachowicz (24-8) has won five of his last six, three of them finishes, including last July’s brutal knockout finish over middleweight import Luke Rockhold. The power-punching Pole stands at No. 6 in the official rankings.

As for Souza (26-7, 1 NC), he’s looking to rebound from a disappointing decision loss to Jack Hermansson last April. “Jacare” has struggled in recent years, putting together a 3-3 record as he nears his 40th birthday in December.

Nothing left to do now except fight.

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Staredowns! Blachowicz, Jacare Make It Official

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently held its ceremonial weigh ins for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 164 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place this Sat. night (Nov. 16, 2019) inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, live on ESPN+.

UFC Fight Night 164 will be headlined by the 205-pound showdown pitting top ranked contender Jan Blachowicz opposite former middleweight standout Ronaldo Souza in what marks “Jacare’s” highly anticipated light heavyweight debut.

Watch them face off in the video above, with the co-main event between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Paul “Bearjew” Craig embedded below.

Blachowicz (24-8) has won five of his last six, three of them finishes, including last July’s brutal knockout finish over middleweight import Luke Rockhold. The power-punching Pole stands at No. 6 in the official rankings.

As for Souza (26-7, 1 NC), he’s looking to rebound from a disappointing decision loss to Jack Hermansson last April. “Jacare” has struggled in recent years, putting together a 3-3 record as he nears his 40th birthday in December.

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Shogun On Retirement — ‘I Have Two Fights Left’

UFC Fight Night: Shogun v Pedro

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua, who also won titles for PRIDE FC, has already secured his place in the promotion’s hall of fame and was smart enough with his money to remain financially secure.

So why does he continue to fight?

“I don’t think I’m too old for this,” Rua told MMA Fighting. “I’m young, I’m 37. Demian (Maia) is 42 and just reached his prime recently, same for (Fabricio) Werdum. ‘Jacare’ (Souza) is 40. There are a lot of fighters around that age still doing well, and I’m younger than them. I know that if I stop now, I might regret it in a few years. So I’d rather fight a bit more and then stop for good.”

Rua (26-11) fights Paul Craig in the UFC Fight Night 164 co-main event tomorrow night (Sat., Nov. 16, 2019) inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian is looking to build on his technical knockout finish over Tyson Pedro at UFC Adelaide last December.

“I have two fights left, it’s true now,” Rua said. “I’ll stop when I don’t have the same physical condition and the same reflexes. I still do great in sparring. I face every fight I have as if it were my last. I don’t know if there’s going to be another one after Paul Craig, so this is how I see it right now.”

Rua was close to getting the dreaded “talk” from UFC President Dana White after a brutal stretch that saw him lose four of five — two by way of knockout — but he’s since turned things around and won four of his last five with two knockouts of his own.

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Harris: ‘Planned’ Kidnapping Possible ‘Set Up’

“Personally, I feel that if it was a set up, it was someone that knew Aniah and that knew her well and it’s someone that would be running with those type of people.’’ — Angela Harris

Aniah Blanchard, stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris, has been missing since late October, though her car was recently recovered outside an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama. A substantial amount of blood was found at the scene, leading to the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed.

Was this a random act of violence?

“There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense to us,” Harris told Dr. Phil. “It seems like it was actually set up and it was something that was planned. You had to know where that was to put that car there. Whoever took her car there knew where they were going, for sure.”

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 20.

Yazeed is no stranger to the criminal justice system, with a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2011. He was already out on bond for kidnapping, robbery, attempted murder, and drug possession on the day of Blanchard’s disappearance.

Anyone with information as to Blanchard’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391, or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.

Live! UFC Sao Paulo Early Weigh-In Results!

UFC Fight Night: Weigh-ins

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will stage its early and official weigh-ins for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 164 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place this Sat. night (Nov. 16, 2019) inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, live on ESPN+.

That’s where Top 10 light heavyweight veteran Jan Blachowicz collides with former middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza in what marks “Jacare’s” highly anticipated 205-pound debut. Watch them tip the scale at 7 a.m. ET in the embedded video above.

As with most UFC events, the fighters will be called back to the stage at 4 p.m. ET for the ceremonial festivities, which includes staredowns. Until then, you can get all the UFC Fight Night 164 weigh-in text results below.

UFC Fight Night 164 Main Card:

205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz (205) vs. Ronaldo Souza (205)
205 lbs.: Mauricio Rua (206) vs. Paul Craig (205)
155 lbs.: Jared Gordon () vs. Charles Oliveira (155)
185 lbs.: Antonio Arroyo (185) vs. Andre Muniz (186)
185 lbs.: Markus Perez (186) vs. Wellington Turman (186)

UFC Fight Night 164 Preliminary Card:

170 lbs.: James Krause (170.5) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)
145 lbs.: Eduardo Garagorri (145) vs. Ricardo Ramos (146)
155 lbs.: Bobby Green (156) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155)
170 lbs.: Warlley Alves () vs. Randy Brown (171)
145 lbs.: Renan Barao (146) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (145.5)
125 lbs.: Ariane Lipski () vs. Isabella de Padua ()
135 lbs.: Tracy Cortez () vs. Vanessa Melo ()

There you have it.

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‘Jacare’ Represents The Last Of The Middleweight Invasion

UFC on FX: Jacare v Camozzi

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This Sat. night (Nov. 16, 2019), longtime 185-pound contender, Ronaldo Souza, will make his light heavyweight debut in the UFC Fight Night 164 main event, in what is expected to be the last of the division’s middleweight invasion.

It’s a bit jarring to think about how different the middleweight landscape has become in just over a year. A quick look at the Top 15 in the middle of last year has Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, and “Jacare” all slotted in the Top 5, while recent light heavyweight title contender, Anthony Smith, wasn’t even ranked.

In addition, Thiago Santos was only good enough to hold the No. 12 spot and the division has since said goodbye to Michael Bisping (No. 6), David Branch (No. 8), Lyoto Machida (No. 9), and Elias Theodorou (No. 15).

Now that things have settled down, the only unknown variable remaining is the future of Souza. “Lionheart” and “Maretta” have both shown potential at 205 pounds, though we can’t say the same for Rockhold and Weidman, who got smashed when transitioning to their new home.

It’s hard to say why the industry has shifted. In the old days, most fighters dropped down a weight class to gain an increased advantage in size. Some old timers, like former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, are still playing by those rules. “The Answer” is expected to make his bantamweight debut against Cory Sandhagen in January.

Maybe it was the new rule from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which recently banned IV rehydration. Or perhaps fighters grew tired of wearing out their bodies (and drying out their brains) by way of extreme weight cuts, which can lead to poor performances and longterm health problems.

I think in the case of Souza, we didn’t see much of that. The Brazilian was finished just once over the last 10 years and that came against former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. What we did see, in uninspired losses to Kelvin Gastelum and Jack Hermansson, was a once-great fighter who looked like a much older version of himself.

Probably because he is.

Souza turns 40 in December and when you start to compile the bouts in UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM, and even Jungle Fight, you’re talking about some serious miles on those combat sports tires, and we haven’t even taken into account his days on the grappling circuit.

Regardless of how his light heavyweight debut pans out, Souza has carved out a pretty remarkable run, evolving from dangerous grappler to all-around MMA fighter, good enough to be considered one of the best in the world during his fighting prime.

Is he on the backside of his career?

We probably won’t know that until the cage door closes in Sao Paulo, but if we learned anything in his performances against some of the sport’s heaviest hitters, this headlining fight may not need those extra two rounds.

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