BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – If Ronaldo Souza didn’t put the UFC’s middleweight division on notice earlier this year, he may have done it Wednesday night.

“Jacare” drilled Yushin Okami with a right hand in the first round – after battering him early in the fight – and pounded him out for a decisive TKO win.

The bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 28 event at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.

Souza, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, debuted in the UFC in May with a first-round submission of Chris Camozzi, coming off of three stoppage wins in Strikeforce after losing his title to Luke Rockhold. But the win over Okami is his biggest to date and likely put him into title talk at 185 pounds.

Souza poured it on early against Okami. He landed a few shots that pushed Okami to the cage, where the former UFC title challenger covered up as Souza landed repeatedly.

Referee Leon Roberts took a close look, but with Okami covering up and appearing to block some of the shots with his hand, he was allowed to continue and work his way out of trouble. Not long after surviving the onslaught, Okami managed to stave off a “Jacare” takedown attempt.

Once things had settled back down, Okami looked to recover and find some kind of range against the Brazilian home favorite. But Souza never gave him that chance. “Jacare” measured his right hand, then finally landed it midway through the round. Okami may have been out when he hit the mat, but he came back to just in time for Souza to pound him out with several big right hands.

The worst part of Souza’s performance may have been kicking Okami hard enough that he said he injured his foot – keeping him doing his famed victory celebration.

“When I kicked him, I saw I hurt him a little bit, so I kicked him some more,” Souza said. “And yes, I hurt it – so I couldn’t do my ‘Jacare’ crawl for the crowd. I’ve got a very tough right hand. Whoever the UFC wants me to fight, I’ll fight.”

Souza (19-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) won for the fifth straight time and moved to 2-0 in the UFC. Okami (29-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC) had a three-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 28 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 28, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan contributed to this report on-site in Belo Horizonte.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jacare open to UFC title fight at 205 pounds, expects fight against Romero next

  • 20 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza is confident that he will soon hold a UFC belt, regardless of the weight class. Currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza might o read news >>

UFC Fight Night 73 results: Dustin Ortiz pounds out Willie Gates in third

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

NASHVILLE – Early on, Tennessee native Dustin Ortiz made it clear what he thought about Willie Gates’ ground game, which wasn’t much.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Tito Ortiz: Cris Cyborg 'doing everything possible' to make 135 pounds for Ronda Rousey fight

  • 27 days ago
  • 46 views

If a megafight between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg doesn't happen, it won't be Cyborg's fault, according to Tito Ortiz. Ortiz, a Cyborg advisor and her former manager, said she is doing all she can read news >>

Shirtless No. 1 UFC title contender, Donald Cerrone, pounds Budweiser, talks upcoming title shot

  • 7 days ago
  • 23 views

You may have seen casual fighter interviews before, but you've never seen a fighter interview as casual as Donald Cerrone relaxed in a chair on his cattle ranch in Albuquerque, N.M., microphone duct read news >>

After two welterweight fights, 'Cowboy' Oliveira sticking with 155 pounds – for now

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

Despite taking his past two UFC fights at 170 pounds, Alex Oliveira insists lightweight will still remain his home, at least until the UFC’s upcoming IV ban comes into play.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Cejudo Faces Formiga in Mexico

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

Unbeaten in back-to-back bouts at 125 pounds, Henry Cejudo will continue his march toward a world title shot when he battles Brazilian contender Jussier Formiga on November 21 in Monterrey, Mexico. read news >>

Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza booked for UFC 194 in December

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 views

For the third time, the UFC is hoping to see top middleweight contenders Ronaldo Souza, better known as “Jacare,” and Yoel Romero meet in the octagon.Filed under: News read news >>

Joe Rogan: UFC will probably add more weight classes, starting with 195 pounds

  • 17 days ago
  • 40 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has slowly but surely added more weight classes over the last several years. It wasn't that long ago when mixed martial arts (MMA) contested below 155 pounds coul read news >>

The MMA Hour - 294 - George Lockhart

  • 19 days ago
  • 4 views

George Lockhart, Cris Cyborg's nutritionist, will talk about her chances of making 135 pounds and more. read news >>

Nutritionist: Cris Cyborg can 'definitely' make 135 pounds for Ronda Rousey fight in December

  • 20 days ago
  • 16 views

Sorry Mike, your services are no longer required. According to UFC President Dana White, Tito Ortiz lied when he claimed the promotion offered Cristiane Justino a "super fight" against Ronda Rousey a read news >>