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'Jacare' Souza believes he beat Gastelum at UFC 224, but will come out better for loss

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Despite his loss in the UFC 224 co-main event, Ronaldo Souza will try to stay positive.

After all, he said: “Any time I go through difficulties or something puts my back against he wall, I do well. You can be sure I’ll come out of this one.”

Souza (25-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) dropped a split decision in the middleweight co-feature to Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) at UFC 224, which took place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The main card aired on pay-per-view following preliminary-card bouts on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

“Jacare” said he thinks he won the fight, which is something you hear from those on the losing end of most split calls. But thanks to a stellar first round and a solid third, he thought he had gotten the job done.

“I was very confident I won the first round very well,” Souza told MMAjunkie. “It could even be a 10-8 round. Even though in the second round he knocked me down, I was able to recover. I thought I won the third round. But what can I do? It happens. Congratulations to Kelvin. He had a great fight, and it’s good for the sport.”


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It also stung a bit to lose in Brazil in front of his home fans. But he has no plans to change divisions by moving up to light heavyweight.

“I’m very sad in defeat,” he said. “I really believed I was going to win. … I’m in the middleweight division. I’m going to wait for the next fight and I’m going to do everything I can. I’m going to see with my trainers what went wrong.”

One of those things he thinks went wrong was a weight cut that he thinks left him a little more tired in the fight than he should have been. And that may have made the difference between a win and a loss.

Still, he knows he just has to move on.

“Losing is complicated,” he said. “Nobody likes to lose. I’m at home here in Brazil, and the whole crowd was behind me. I was very sad to lose, and the way that I lost. I should have done better. I should have cut weight better. I felt my legs (tiring) – that was my fault. Kelvin had a good game plan. We had a great fight, but I lost. I did everything I could. I really wanted to win this fight.”

For more from Souza, check out the video above.

For complete coverage of UFC 224, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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bien qu'extenué et hors de forme comme je ne l'ai jamais vu auparavant, pour moi jacare gagne aux points:

-RD1: 10-9

-RD2: 9-10

-RD3: 10-9

il a perdu à cause de son "body language", on sent bien que gastelum arrange plus les projets de l'organisation

Je n'ai pas été impressionné par les 2 combattants:

-jacare hors de forme (ça se corrige)

-gastelum: se prend beaucoup trop de coups en pleine gueule, un puncheur plus dur ou un jacare plus en forme l'aurait séché

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