Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s next fight will be on home soil. | Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
UFC Fight Night 36 will take place Feb. 15 instead of the originally announced date of Feb. 8.
UFC officials revealed the change on Tuesday, also verifying that Ronaldo Souza will collide with Francis Carmont in the evening’s co-main event from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. The event airs live on Fox Sports 1 and will be headlined by a middleweight showdown pitting former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida against ex-Strikeforce 205-pound ruler Gegard Mousasi.
Souza, 33, has posted five straight victories since relinquishing his Strikeforce middleweight title to Luke Rockhold in September 2011. “Jacare” made his Octagon debut this past May, scoring a first-round submission over Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8. The former Mundials and ADCC champion scored an even quicker finish in his sophomore promotional effort, as “Jacare” knocked out ex-title challenger Yushin Okami in 2:47 at UFC Fight Night 28.
Carmont, 32, has not lost in more than five years and rides an 11-fight winning streak into his clash with Souza. “Limitless” has gone 6-0 in the Octagon thus far, kicking off 2013 with a controversial decision win over Lorenz Larkin before out-grappling Costas Philippou en route to a clear-cut unanimous verdict at UFC 165.