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If mixed martial arts can be anything, it can be cruel.

Such was the case in Florida tonight. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza spoke all week of his reluctance to fight Jack Hermansson on Saturday night — pointing to the Swede’s rank of number 10 as a sign there was low reward and high risk for him to compete, in the end revealing the promise of a long awaited title shot being the swinging factor.

Unfortunately for Jacare, his un-enthusiasm for the contest outside the cage translated to inside.

Early on, it was clear this wasn’t going to be the walkover Jacare expected. Hermansson dropped the Brazilian in round one, and continued on his pressure in round two as Souza appeared yet to find his rhythm.

While in the third, Souza upped the level — particularly with body shots — somewhat to show a difference, Hermansson finished the fight in the championship rounds strong to win the contest via judges decision (49-46, 48×47 x2) and earn the biggest win of his career.