'Jacare' Souza wipes out late replacement Chris Camozzi in first round
It took Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza just over two minutes to dispatch late replacement Chris Camozzi and earn his fifth straight victory in the UFC while taking another step towards a middleweight title shot.
Souza actually beat Camozzi in his UFC debut, but the two were matched up again as a matter of after the Brazilian's original opponent, Yoel Romero, was forced to withdraw from the contest due to a knee injury suffered in training.
Once Romero was out, Camozzi was seemingly the only fighter willing to step up and face Souza on such short notice, although he ultimately paid for that decision on Saturday night.
While both fighters were comfortable on the feet through the first minute of the fight, Souza wasted no time putting Camozzi on the mat and they never got up again.
Souza transitioned from top control to a perfectly timed armbar as Camozzi wiggled and tried to get free from the multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion.
There was no escape, however, as Souza continued to wrench away at the arm and Camozzi had no choice but to verbally tell the referee enough was enough or risk serious injury if the submission attempt continued.
The stoppage came at 2:28 in the first round — a minute less than the stoppage time from their first fight (3:37 in R1).
Souza improved to 5-0 in the UFC and made his case for being the No. 1-ranked contender at 185 pounds and one of the toughest fighters on the UFC roster.