UFC 176 just got a ton more interesting with the addition of the co-main event; a premiere middleweight tilt featuring two of the very best in the world. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza will return to the Octagon to face off against Gegard Mousasi in a rematch of their shocking championship bout at Dream 6 in 2008.
That night, Mousasi got the better of Jacare with a spectacular upkick knockout just two minutes into the first round. It was a jaw dropping moment as an upkick knockout is an extremely rare finish to see in mixed martial arts. The knockout is included in nearly ever compilation of MMA knockouts you will ever see.
Since that night, Jacare has only lost one fight in 11 bouts while attaining the StrikeForce middleweight championship. As for Mousasi, he has lost only two fights in 14 bouts while securing the Dream middleweight and light heavyweight titles as well as the StrikeForce light heavyweight title.
Both men joined the UFC once the StrikeForce roster folded into the organization in 2013. Jacare has been dominant in the UFC thus far, winning three fights in a row in impressive fashion to increase his winning streak to six in a row.
Mousasi has gone 2-1 in the UFC, picking up a lackluster win over Ilir Latifi before losing by decision to Lyoto Machida in a stellar fight back in February. Mousasi returned to the Octagon last month and dominated Mark Munoz en route to a rear naked choke submission in the first round.
The winner of this bout will undoubtedly have a claim to become the next No. 1 contender to the UFC middleweight champion.
UFC 176 is headlined by the featherweight title rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. The event will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on August 2nd.