"I expect an awesome battle," Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza told everyone before taking on Matt Lindland at Strikeforce: Evolution. So would one person step forward and be dominant, or would Souza's words prove prophetic?
Early in the fight, it became obvious that Souza's striking, though not dominant, was better than advertised. Still, Lindland eventually did take his adversary down only to find that the canvas was hardly a place he wanted to be with Souza. Along with this, Souza nearly pulled off an armbar from the guard before taking the top position. Eventually, that led to him taking side control and sinking in the arm triangle choke. Moments later, Lindland was tapping.
Ronaldo Jacare Souza defeats Matt Lindland by way of arm triangle choke at 4:18 of round one.