UFC 262 features a middleweight bout between Jacare Souza and Andre Muniz. Jacare Souza vs Andre Muniz will be a battle between a UFC veteran and an up-and-coming contender in the middleweight division.
Jacare Souza is currently on a 3 fight losing streak. His last win was against Chris Weidman in 2018. Though he has lost to top contenders it seems he is on the verge of getting cut from the promotion. UFC middleweight division is stacked with some serious talents and if Souza can not compete against the hungry up and comers then he might suffer the same fate as Yoel Romero’s.
On the other hand, Andre Muniz, who is on a 6 fight winning streak will be looking to make a statement by beating a veteran in Jacare Souza. But, can he deal with the grappling expertise of Jacare Souza?
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Jacare Souza has been a top contender in the middleweight division for a long time until he decided to move on to the light heavyweight division. And it was a wise step from Jacare Souza. But he decided the move back to the middleweight division after losing to Jan Blachowicz in a close fight.
Looking back, Jacare Souza will not be happy about his decision because Jan Blachowicz is the current light heavyweight champion, and had Souza continued fighting at 205 then he would have potentially got a title shot. But, in the middleweight division, there are too many young contenders in the top 15 making it very hard for Souza to earn a spot in the top 10.
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And it’s very likely that Jacare Souza will never come close to getting a title shot in the middleweight division. He even got knocked out by Kevin Holland in his last fight in a brutal fashion. His ground game also did not look sharp against Holland as he found himself in a triangle submission before getting knocked out on the ground.
Besides that, Jacare Souza is 41 and his skillsets are not going to get significantly better. On the other hand, Andre Muniz is young in this game and has never been submitted before. In fact, he has 13 submission wins in his resume, and the fans better believe that he has the potential to submit Jacare Souza.
However, this fight is likely to end in a decision where Andre Muniz will come out victorious. Souza is still in incredible fighting shape but it’s safe to say that the best days of Souza is behind him.
Jacare Souza vs Andre Muniz prediction: Andre Muniz via decision