Jacare didn’t just suffer a loss in his fight with Robert Whittaker.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend also suffered a pectoral rupture in their bout during UFC on FOX 24, back on April 25, 2017.
“Alongside with Dr. Rickson, I decided to undergo surgery to heal this injury once and for all,” Souza said in a release (transcribed by MMAFighting). “I’m feeling relieved. I’m already recovering well, and I’ll move one step at a time towards my comeback to training and to the Octagon. I’ll be back soon, stronger and even hungrier to fight., hungrier to win.”
Jacare had been on an absolute tear prior to the Whittaker bout, which knocked him out of title contention. Combining that with this surgery, and it could be some time before we see the ‘alligator walk’ headed towards a title shot.