After the cancellation of UFC 176, Lorenzo Fertita confirmed that all of the bouts on the card would be rescheduled for upcoming cards. Now, the co main attraction from the 176 card has found a new home, as Jacare Souza and Gegard Mousasi will now rematch at UFC Fight Night 50 in the main event of the evening.
The bout will go ahead a month later than originally scheduled, with the event being held on September 5 at the Foxwoods Revel Casino in Ledyard, CT. With Souza ranked #4 and Mousasi ranked #7, the winner of the bout could be next in line after Vitor Belfort gets his long awaited shot at Chris Weidman.
Jacare Souza has been impressive since moving to the UFC as part of the Strikeforce closure; with six wins in a row, Jacare has bolstered a 3-0 record inside the Octagon which includes first round finishes over Chris Camozzi and Yushin Okami, as well as a decision victory over Francis Carmont. In his first fight with Mousasi, Souza was defeated via first round knockout and has been eager to settle the score ever since.
Gegard Mousasi is widely considered one of the greatest fighters on the planet, though his UFC career did not quite live up to expectations in his first two outings. With a win over short notice opponent Ilir Latifi and a decision loss to Lyoto Machida, albeit in a fun fight, Mousasi was looking to finally make a statement when matched up against long time contender Mark Munoz.
That is when the Armenian put in the best performance of his Octagon stint, finishing Munoz via first round submission in a performance that left little to be desired. Mousasi remained in full control throughout the fight, and put himself into the top 10 of the middleweight division as a result.
Now looking to go 3-1 in the UFC, Mousasi will meet a tough Brazilian in Jacare Souza, this time scheduled for the UFC Fight Night 50 card. ‘The Dreamcatcher’ expressed his disappointment at finding out about the cancellation of his fight with Jacare through social media, though has since deleted the post. Taking to Facebook, Mousasi had this to say.
“Its always nice to hear your fight is canceld through social media good job ufc [sic]“
The former Strikeforce champion also commented on the news that his fight had been rescheduled, after a fan asked him how he felt about the announcement.
“6 weeks training for nothing…thats how I feel… [sic]“