Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Strikeforce - Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs Luke Rockhold

This weekend's Strikeforce card has some great matchups on it. The first one I'd like to talk about is the Strikeforce middleweight champion, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs Luke Rockhold.

This is a great showcase for Souza who on paper has Rockhold outclassed in every category. Souza is considered one of the top 5 grapplers in all of MMA. In his first title defense he submitted Robbie Lawler with a 3rd round rear-naked choke. Rockhold in his own right has some ground skills. He is 7-1 in his career, with 6 of his wins coming via submission. Rockhold also has never been out of the first round in any fight.

For Rockhold to win this fight he needs to have some good take-down defense and have good striking. It's a long shot but if he lands that big strike he could win. But Souza's stand up is good. He has good boxing and counter-punching, and has a variety of kicks at his disposal. Once Rockhold gets into trouble he'll most likely look to get the fight to the ground out of pure instinct. Once that happens, Souza will meticulously break him down and submit him.

I predict Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza via 2nd round rear-naked choke.

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