The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosts UFC on Fox 27, headlined by a top 10 middleweight rematch between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza & North Carolina’s own Derek Brunson.
These two first met in Strikeforce back in August of 2012 with Souza winning by knock out in 0:41 seconds. Jacare (24-5) the number 3 ranked contender, from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, is a former Strikeforce Middleweight champion, with 20 finishes, 14 by submission. Souza fights for the first time since a April, TKO loss to Robert Whittaker. Brunson (18-5) the number 8 ranked contender, doesn’t waste time when the cage door closes, having 14 finishes, all in the first round, 11 have come y knock out. Brunson has won 2 straight over Daniel Kelly (KO) & Lyoto Machida (KO) in a combined 3:46.
Bot men are strong, explosive fighters, from a grappling backgrounds. Souza is a elite level BJJ Black Belt. Brunson as many mix martial artists started off in wrestling. On the feet both throw with heat “Jacare” fights orthodox, Brunson a southpaw. Souza tends to being move plotting with his footwork, while Brunson is more fluid but can get wild with his defense.