Robert Whittaker shocks ‘Jacare’ Souza with a big TKO upset at UFC on Fox 24
Robert Whittaker is on his way up the middleweight rankings after defeating top-five contender ‘Jacare’ Souza via 2nd round TKO.
A new contender has emerged in the UFC‘s middleweight division.
Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) made his presence felt as a threat against current champion Michael Bisping on Saturday night at UFC on Fox 24. This, by becoming the first person to finish Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (24-5  MMA, 7-2 UFC) in almost nine years.
Whittaker entered the bout as a +180 underdog facing an already celebratory ‘Jacare’, who had just signed an eight-fight extension with the UFC on Friday. However, after Souza landed his first takedown Whittaker squirmed free and got back to his feet, the tables turning from there. Whittaker started to pick his opponent apart with hard hitting combinations, outclassing the Brazilian with excellent footwork and speed.
The New Zealand native continued to shut down Jacare’s takedown attempts in round 2. He was beginning to land combos with increased frequency. His punches were finding constant homes, which included a bludgeoning right hand that sent Souza to the mat. Rather than grappling with the three-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, Whittaker forced him back to his feet, resuming his onslaught.
The ending came after Whittaker uncorked a right round kick that cracked ‘Jacare’ in the head, followed up by a barrage of punches that sent Souza to the floor for a second time. The New Zealander was more than happy to go the ground this time around, bloodying up the former Strikeforce champion until referee Mario Yamasaki saw fit to stop the contest.
Official Decision: Robert Whittaker defeats Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza by TKO (head kick, elbows, & punches) – Round 2, 3:28.
The win was huge statement for Whittaker. He is now 6-0 since moving to middleweight and closer to a title shot than ever before. Within the next couple of fights, on might believe.
As it happens, Whittaker was once matched up with Michael Bisping before he won the belt. Unfortunately, it fell apart. It’s clear, though, that he never forgot. He actually had some words for Bisping after his win on Saturday night.
“Bisping owes me a fight. We were supposed to fight all those weeks ago and he’s cool doing his own thing, but you owe me a fight.”
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