Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza won’t be returning to the Octagon in the near future as he’s just undergone chest surgery that will keep him out of action for up to six months.
The Brazilian star underwent an MRI scan earlier this week, which showed that he had suffered, “a total rupture of the pectoral muscle tendon” in his chest and so he opted to quickly undergo a two-and-a-half hour operation to repair the damage.
‘Jacare’ noticed the pain in his chest during his last fight and had also reported a significant reduction in his strength in one of his arms, which is to be expected with an injury of this nature.
“I opted for the surgery to cure this injury once and for all,” Souza told his fans. “I feel relieved. I’m recovering well, and now I’ll take one step at a time until I’m back to training and to the octagon. I’ll be back soon, stronger and hungrier for fights, for wins.”
The 37-year-old had been on the verge of title contention up until his TKO loss against Robert Whittaker at UFC On FOX 24 earlier this month after compiling a 7-1 record in the Octagon.
He’s now slipped back to No.5 in the rankings, but after a tough loss it’s never a bad idea to rest up, recouperate and take care of any injuries like this, rather than rushing to return to action.