Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Plans to Open 4,000-Square Foot BJJ Academy

Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA legend Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is nearing the end of his storied career. And although the 41-year old Jacare isn’t yet ready to officially retire, he is making plans to open a jiu-jitsu academy in Orlando, FL.

In a recent interview with Sherdog, Jacare revealed his ambitious plans for a gym, set to open in September.

“It’s going to be a 4,000 square foot jiu-jitsu dojo in Orlando. I have no doubt it’s going to be among the most beautiful BJJ academies in the world,” Jacare told Sherdog. “If MMA fighters want to train here, they will have to put the gi on.”

In that same interview, Jacare explained that although he is no longer on the UFC roster following his fourth consecutive loss, he has no plans to retire.

“I never made any important decision in my life overnight. I’m still strong and healthy. I’m not retired yet.”

An ADCC and IBJJF world champion, Jacare has been competing in MMA since 2003. He is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion and holds notable MMA wins over Robbie Lawler, Chris Weidman, and Vitor Belfort.

Jacare last competed at UFC 262, when he suffered a broken arm as a result of an inverted armbar at the hands of Andre Muniz.

Ben Coate

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