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Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza undergoes successful surgery

Gilberto Faria

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza's second elbow surgery of the year was a success.

According to his manager Gilberto Faria, Souza underwent successful two-hour surgery on Tuesday, performed by Dr. Rickson de Moraes and Dr. Bruno Lobo Brandao (pictured) at Hospital São Lucas in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Souza was recently diagnosed with ulnar neuropathy, a numbness in his right elbow caused by the entrapment of the ulnar nerve, resulting in numbness and tingling into the fourth and fifth fingers.

In March, Souza (21-3, 1 NC) underwent a five-hour surgery on his left elbow to remove bone fragments. Since then, he defeated Gegard Mousasi via third-round submission last month to secure his spot as one of the top contenders at 185 pounds. The win extended his current streak to seven fights in a row.

"His fingers were tingling from time-to-time since training camp for Mousasi," Faria said last week, "and right after the fight it got severe and went from tingling to numbness and some level of pain."

Souza, who is hoping to return to action in the first quarter of 2015, is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Warning: Below is graphic photo, provided by Faria, of Souza's injured elbow mid-surgery.

Jacare elbow

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