Monday, May 14, 2018

‘Jacare’ Souza lost to Kelvin Gastelum via Split Decision on Saturday night at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, the fighter remained positive, and determined to stay in the middleweight division.

“I was very confident I won the first round very well,” said Souza to Matt Erickson and Fernanda Prates for MMAjunkie. “It could even be a 10-8 round. Even though in the second round he knocked me down, I was able to recover. I thought I won the third round. But what can I do? It happens. Congratulations to Kelvin. He had a great fight, and it’s good for the sport.”

“I’m very sad in defeat. I really believed I was going to win. … I’m in the middleweight division. I’m going to wait for the next fight and I’m going to do everything I can. I’m going to see with my trainers what went wrong.”

“Losing is complicated. Nobody likes to lose. I’m at home here in Brazil, and the whole crowd was behind me. I was very sad to lose, and the way that I lost. I should have done better. I should have cut weight better. I felt my legs [tiring] – that was my fault. Kelvin had a good game plan. We had a great fight, but I lost. I did everything I could. I really wanted to win this fight.”

“Any time I go through difficulties or something puts my back against the wall, I do well. You can be sure I’ll come out of this one.”