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Jacare Souza fractured humerus in UFC 262 loss, will undergo surgery

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MMA: UFC 262-Souza vs Muniz
Andre Muniz and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
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Ronaldo Souza will have to go under the knife after the first submission defeat of his MMA career.

“Jacare” took on fellow jiu-jitsu specialist Andre Muniz in the preliminary portion of Saturday night’s UFC 262 event in Houston and had his arm broken by “Sergipano” late in round one.

The former Strikeforce middleweight champion was taken to a local hospital immediately after the bout and X-ray exams showed he had fractured his right humerus, Souza’s longtime doctor Rickson Moraes team told MMA Fighting on Sunday morning.

Since it’s an “urgent procedure,” the Brazilian fighter is expected to undergo surgery in the United States “in the coming days” instead of flying back to Brazil to have the procedure done with Dr. Moraes, he said.

“But, in general, he’s fine, despite the fracture,” Dr. Moraes said.

Watch the submission below.

Souza is now on a four-fight skid capped off by back-to-back first-round stoppages to Muniz and Kevin Holland. Jacare had only been submitted once as a professional, a rear-naked choke loss to Roger Gracie at ADCC 2005.

Muniz, a two-time Dana White’s Contender Series contestant, has improved to 3-0 in the UFC with the biggest victory of his career. The Brazilian 185-pounder called out Nick Diaz at the post-fight press conference.