UFC middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza suffered a tough loss over the weekend. Now the fighter has come forward with a few words on the matter.
“Jacare” went toe-to-toe with Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gastelum seemingly put on a dominant performance over his opponent, ultimately earning a unanimous decision victory over the fighter.
Speaking through a translator during the UFC 224 Post-Fight Press Conference, Souza blamed his weight cut for some of his failings inside the octagon.
“Nobody likes to lose. I’m at home, I’m here in Brazil. The whole crowd was behind me. I’m very, very sad to lose. It’s disappointing to me to lose here at home in the way that I lost. I should’ve done better. I should’ve cut weight better. I felt my legs and that made it very complicated.”
“It was my fault I lost, it happens. Kelvin had a good game plan, he was doing well in the fight, we had a great fight, but I lost. And I want everyone to know that I did everything I could to win. I really wanted to win this fight.”
“I’m very healthy. I always cut weight pretty well, but this time I jumped rope a bit too much because there was no sauna in the hotel. So I jumped too much rope and that’s why I think I felt my legs because of that, but that was it.”
“There are things that happen. We had a great fight and that’s what matters.”