Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza underwent a successful surgical procedure on Thursday to repair a meniscus injury suffered before UFC 198.
Souza fought threw the injury to take out Vitor Belfort in Brazil on that card last weekend, but as he needed surgery this week he was unable to step in as the replacement for Chris Weidman against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. That fight instead went to Michael Bisping for the June 4 event.
“Jacare” now moves on to a brief two week recovery period, and he’s expected to be ready to fight again within two to three months.
Penick’s Analysis: The UFC is going to have a decision to make after UFC 199. If Rockhold comes out of the event healthy and ready to go, they could have him fight Jacare as soon as August’s UFC 202 card or September’s UFC 203 event. However, that would mean no Middleweight Title fight with Chris Weidman for New York City in November. The decision will come over the summer and will be entirely dependent on Weidman’s recovery. If he’s confident that he can fight by November, the UFC will hold Rockhold out. If there’s any question as to his availability, or it seems he’s not quite recovering on the pace expected, they’re going to go with Rockhold-Jacare at one of the events preceding that New York card.
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