On Friday, Sept. 5, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi 2 from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.
The night’s main event featured a long-awaited rematch between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi. The two former Strikeforce champions met previously under the DREAM banner in 2008 with Mousasi scoring a knockout via upkick. Since then, Jacare had torn through every fighter put in front of him inside the Octagon. The Brazilian rode a six-fight winning streak with five of the wins coming before the final bell. Mousasi, meanwhile, saw his aspirations for UFC gold take a step backwards in February with a decision loss to Lyoto Machida, but the Dutch-Armenian fighter bounced back in May with a first-round destruction of Mark Munoz.
In the co-main event, another former Strikeforce title holder was in action as heavyweight Alistair Overeem took on Ben Rothwell. Overeem snapped a two-fight skid in February with a decision win over Frank Mir at UFC 169. Rothwell had been out of action since a third-round stoppage of Brandon Vera at UFC 164 last August.
The nine-fight card kicked off Friday with five preliminary card bouts on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card followed at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.
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