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UFC 230 live blog: Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo Souza

Chris Weidman faces off with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza ahead of their middleweight bout at UFC 230 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

NEW YORK – This is the UFC 230 live blog for Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo Souza, a middleweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Weidman, recently snapped a three-fight skid with a submission of Kelvin Gastelum, faces “Jacare”, who has won three of his last five fights, in the co-main event.

Check out the UFC 230 live blog below.

Round 1: This is a fight that was several years in the making, even if it ended up happening only because Luke Rockhold fell out a few weeks ago. Still two of the top guys in the middleweight division. Weidman got a ridiculous hero’s welcome upon his entrance; the crowd is here for him. The third man in the cage is “Big” Dan Miragliotta. Immediately U-S-A chants begin. Jcare to center , and Weidman skitters across the cage. Nice jab to kick it off by Ballwin’s own Weidman, and Jacare misses on his counter. Right hand from Jacare over the top, and Weidman able to connect too. Now a clinch by Weidman, and Jacare muscles him to the canvas, but Weidman bounced back up. Poised stuff early from both guys, as you’d expect for veterans used to this kind of spotlight. Weidman working that left jab, trying to perhaps set something up. They trade rights, and crowd liked it. Jacare working the body a little bit, couple of exchanges in a row that he tucked a shot into the ribs. Big leg kick from Jacare. Weidman playing with the extended jab like he did with Silva back in the day. Big left hand from Weidman there and it slid right off Jacare’s chin. Crisp boxing from Weidman here, as he is also showing some nice head movement on the return fire. Some blood now coming out of Jacare’s nose. Weidman looked extremely poised that whole round. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Weidman, 10-9

Round 2: Weidman barely breathing hard. They touch gloves. Short right, and now a combo from Weidman, right into a leg kick. He’s mixing it up well. Jacare a step slower. Again some chin music from Weidman. Jacare with a nice shot that got Weidman rolling out of there, and now he’s coming on. Weidman eats a couple of shots, and now in the clinch eats some more. Big overhand, and a short left from Jacare. Weidman is getting nicked all over the cage, including on the break there. He eats a right hand. Now he returns fire on the fence, and Jacare plants and fires back! Nice exchange there, and deadly stuff being thrown from both. Jacare the pursuer now, as he lands a right hand and another. Jacare still bleeding, and now he lands a series of lefts into Weidman’s abdomen. This is a fun fight, as Weidman lands an uppercut into Jacare’s sides. Right hand from Weidman, and that stung. Right on fence. Jacare rolling out of there hunched, ready to spring back. Big high kick was loud, but shoulders. Now Weidman drops Jacare with a shot, and that gets the crowd up. They are on fence, and Weidman drags Jcare down, it’s a scramble as they return to their feet, and Jacare lands as they do. Manic round! Lots happening there. MMA Fighting socres R2 for Jacare, 10-9 (19-19 overall)

Round 3: They share a hug before the final round. And Jacare comes out swinging the right hand, as Weidman blasts a kick into his side. Hard to believe a jiu-jitsu player and a wrestler are having a gun fight, but they are. Jacare is landing and moving forward, crazy, Both dudes are toughing it out here. Both are hungry. They tie up in the clinch in the center, and each landing inside but it’s thick with vines. Nothing clean. Everything glancing. Now as they get some room, Weidman landing shots, one after another. He has been great in range. Jacare is such a dog, though, he just keeps coming. Body shot blocked by Jacare. The U-S-A chant breaks out again, and fades fast. Jacare with a nice punch that seemed to hurt Weidman! And he lands a huge short right that drops him! Jacare is waiting for Miragliotta, who isn’t stopping the fight yet. Finally some hammerfists, and Miragliotta waves him off. Wow! That was sudden. The place got quiet. Jacare with an impressive damn performance; that man is a beast.

UFC 230 official results: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Chris Weidman via TKO (strikes) at 2:42 of R3

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