ronaldo-jacare-souza-16.jpgA middleweight matchup with title implications is headed to UFC Fight Night 36, promotion officials announced today.

Former Strikeforce champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (19-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet Francis Carmont (22-7 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the co-headliner of the event, which takes place Feb. 15 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, a source close to promotion today told MMAjunkie (the date was originally announced as Feb. 8).

UFC Fight Night 36 is headlined by another pivotal middleweight matchup between ex-champs Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi. The event’s main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 (instead of FOX Sports 2, as was originally announced) following prelims on MMAjunkie.com.

No other matchups have been confirmed for the event.

Souza returns to the octagon after an impressive performance at September’s UFC Fight Night 32. Taking on onetime middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami, “Jacare” earned a first-round knockout with devastating punches. He made his UFC debut in May with a first-round submission of Chris Camozzi.

Carmont, meanwhile, is coming off his sixth straight UFC win and most decisive victory yet in the octagon. At UFC 165, he outwrestled Costa Phillippou en route to a unanimous decision. The native Frenchman and training partner of welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre notably dispatched Lorenz Larkin, Tom Lawlor and Camozzi, though the scorecards in the Larkin and Lawlor fights were widely criticized.

In any event, the fight’s winner could be well positioned to make a run at the title in late 2014.

For more on UFC Fight Night 36 in Jaragua do Sul, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

We Could Have a New Lightweight Great After UFC 197, and It's Not Conor McGregor

  • 28 days ago
  • 173 views

March 5, 2016: a date that will live in lightweight history. Last week, Jeremy Botter with Bleacher Report MMA first reported the news that Conor McGregor will, as he has long promised to do, move up read news >>

Michael Page Returns in Bellator 151 Co-Main Event

  • 27 days ago
  • 14 views

The "Bellator 151: Warren vs. Caldwell" co-main event features the return of undefeated Michael "Venom" Page. read news >>

Fernando Gonzalez vs. Michael Page gets Bellator 151 co-main event spot

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 151.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Co-Main Event Podcast: Download episode No. 187 with Ben Fowlkes, Chad Dundas

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Episode No. 187 of the Co-Main Event Podcast now is available for streaming and download. This week, the lads preview Sunday’s bantamweight title fight between Dillashaw and Cruz, plus the return of read news >>

Wanderlei Silva re-hearing delayed again, fighter's legal rep promised February date

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

After yet another delay to a re-hearing on Wanderlei Silva’s lifetime ban, his legal rep pleaded with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to make a decision and was promised one next month. Filed un read news >>

It's on! dos Anjos/McGregor, Holm/Tate set for UFC 197

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC has announced the main and co-main events for 197 with featherweight world champion Conor McGregor against lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm versu read news >>

Saunders making it uncomfortable for foes inside the Octagon

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Saunders is headed to Boston for a showdown with Patrick Cote. It’s a matchup that has all the makings of a fan favorite fracas with two big, determined and headstrong welterweights looking to crack read news >>

Dominick Cruz Is an All-Time Great, but T.J. Dillashaw Is the New Gold Standard

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

Sunday's bantamweight title matchup between current champion T.J. Dillashaw and former beltholder Dominick Cruz is a great fight by any standard. It's one more iteration of Cruz vs. Urijah Faber and read news >>

Mickey Gall faces Michael Jackson at UFC 196, will receive fight with CM Punk with win

  • 25 days ago
  • 315 views

Mickey Gall’s callout of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has landed him in the UFC, and put him in position to earn the fight he wants.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Women’s MMA Report: Holm-Tate set for UFC 197, Rousey’s return date TBA

  • 23 days ago
  • 49 views

Newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will attempt her first title defense at UFC 197, but it won’t be against ex-champ Ronda Rousey. Get the latest in the Women’s MMA Report.Fil read news >>