Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Net Worth

About Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

There have been some great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu artists who have decided to take the leap and compete in mixed martial arts.  Royce Gracie, Demian Maia, and Fabricio Werdum are just some of the names.  Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is another fighter in the long list of great submission practitioners who have graced an MMA stage.

In Souza, we’re talking about a man with multiple ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships and CBJJ World Championships on his resume.  In the end, you simply do not want to end up on the ground with this guy.

Here is his story.

Brazilian mixed martial artist and submission grappler Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has a net worth of $2 million dollars, as of 2021. Ronaldo Souza dos Santos, nicknamed Jacaré, is competing in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division.
  • Date of Birth: Ronaldo Souza dos Santos was born on December 7, 1979 in Vila Velha, Brazil.
  • Training Camp and Fighting Organization: Souza mostly trains out of X Gym.  He fights for the UFC.
  • Nickname: Souza’s nickname is “Jacare”.  “Jacare” means alligator, which is the symbol of ASLE, his Jiu Jitsu team.

Early Life and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginnings

On Souza’s 15th birthday, one of his best friends was shot and killed right in front of him.  This led to his mother deciding to move him to Manaus in the Amazon to go and live with his brother.

Jacare was a big fan of football/soccer and played the sport as a youngster (he was a goalie).  Soon after the move, a man named Henrique Machado, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and 5th dan in judo saw him playing soccer and invited him to train jiu jitsu with him.  Though the man who would someday be known as “Jacare” accepted the challenge to do so, he complained in a joking manner that he didn’t like the sport because there was “too much man hugging,” according to BJJ Heroes.

After getting beat up pretty badly his first day, as many BJJ students do, his competitive fire came out and he continued to show up, eventually becoming very good.  Further, the training compelled him from a less than ideal lifestyle to a more focused one.

Soon after, the ASLE academy was formed with Henrique Machado at the helm and Ronaldo Souza as one of the more well-known and successful athletes.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitions and Awards:

As was noted earlier, Souza has won multiple ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships.  But that’s hardly the full story on it all.  Check out some of his big wins below, as indicated by Wikipedia-

  • ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship:
    • ADCC 2011 Superfight Runner-up (against Braulio Estima)
    • ADCC 2009 Superfight Champion (against Robert Drysdale)
    • ADCC 2005 77 – 87 kg: 1st Place
    • ADCC 2005 Openweight: 2nd Place
    • ADCC 2003 77 – 87 kg: 2nd Place
    • ADCC 2003 Brazilian Qualifiers 77 – 87 kg: 1st Place
  • CBJJ World Championships:
    • 2005 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
    • 2005 Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
    • 2004 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 2nd Place
    • 2004 Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
    • 2003 Brown Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
    • 2003 Brown Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
    • 2002 Brown Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
    • 2002 Brown Belt Open Weight: 2nd Place
    • 2001 Purple Belt Middle: 1st Place
    • 2001 Purple Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
  • CBJJ Pan American Championships:
    • 2004 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
    • 2004 Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place
  • CBJJ European Championships:
    • 2005 Black Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
    • 2005 Black Belt Open Weight: 2nd Place
  • CBJJ Brazilian Championships:
    • 2004 Brown Belt Medium Heavy: 1st Place
  • BJJ World Cup:
    • 2005 Black belt: 2nd place
    • 2004 Black belt: 1st place

MMA Beginnings

Souza made his professional MMA debut on September 13, 2003, losing to Jorge Patino by first round KO at Jungle Fight 1.  He then proceeded to go on a 10 fight winning streak which took him to a DREAM Middleweight Championship fight, which he lost to Gegard Mousasi by way of KO (upkick).

UFC Debut

After winning seven of eight fights for the Strikeforce organization, Souza made his UFC debut on May 18, 2013, defeating Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold by arm triangle choke.

Fighting Style

Souza has become a highly explosive striker, capable of ending anyone’s night rather quickly on his feet.  In that sense, he’s the rare grappler who has become nearly as dangerous standing.

Nearly being the keyword.  The bottom line is that Jacare will always be known for some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills in the world.  Opponents are in mortal danger the second they hit the ground with him.

Some of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s Greatest MMA Victories:

Souza defeats Yushin Okami by TKO at UFC Fight Night-Teixeira vs. Bader on September 4, 2-13: When you hurt a guy like Okami on your feet, it causes everyone to realize that you are no longer just a ground fighter.

Souza defeats Robbie Lawler by rear naked choke at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg on January 29, 2011: Lawler is one of the greatest power punchers in the history of the game.  So when Souza was able to implement his submission game on him, well, it was a big deal (and his first and only defense of the Strikeforce title).

Souza defeats Tim Kennedy by decision at Strikeforce: Houston on August 21, 2010: This was one of the closer fights of Souza’s career.  But in the end, the judges saw it his way.  And with that, he won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.

Souza defeats Jason “Mayhem” Miller by decision at DREAM 4 on June 15, 2008: In the end, this was a submission fighter’s kind of battle.  Miller consistently was able to defend and avoid submissions against Jacare.  It was a true chess match, one that went Souza’s way in that he was much more offensive minded on the canvas.  This fight served notice that Jacare was an MMA fighter, not just a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, to be reckoned with.

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