Ronaldo Souza

Ronaldo “Jacare” SouzaNickname: “Jacaré” (alligator)
Born in 1979
Home: Manaus – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Black House
Division: superfighter

BJJ/ADCC record:
2005 – ADCC (77 – 87 Kg) Champion
2005 – ADCC (absolute) 2nd place (lost to Roger Gracie)
2005 – World Jiu-Jitsu (absolute) Champion
2004 – World Jiu-Jitsu (absolute) Champion

MMA record: 10 – 2 – 0 (90% wins by submission!)

Some people say that, at the exact moment he was conceived by his parents, Jacaré already had one of the most important virtues for becoming the greatest name in jiu-jitsu: high quality genetics. ronuOwner of contusion-proof muscles, elastic strings, cat-like reflexes, a lumbar that resembles hydraulic suspension mechanisms, ankles as thick as his calves, forearms strong as a jeep, Ronaldo is no lab champion. He was born with all these potential resources, which have been lapidated in training all these years. That which gym-addicts try to achieve with anabolism, nature gave this descendant of blacks and Indians. The talent came as the tip. But besides body and ability, a jiu-jitsu exponent must have true warrior spirit, which life has inserted in Jacaré’s life in strange ways, especially during the athlete’s childhood and adolescence: Fighting and living have always been synonyms for Ronaldo. Conditioned for bearing adverse situation since birth, he lived in poor areas of Espírito Santo until the age of 14, when he had to abandon his parents and run away to Northern Brazil:ronaldo l

“I got into some heavy shit, crime and stuff, and went to live with my brother in Manaus” Jacaré told Gracie Magazine in 2003.

The stranger Jacaré got around as he could in Manaus. He worked even as a car watcher before getting acquainted with martial arts at 16, when he began training the judo-like jiu-jitsu of master Henrique Machado. Dedicating to a sport in order to overcome the difficulties of a tempestuous youth turned Jacaré into a man with an obstinate soul. He learned in practice the need to have willpower in life, of struggling for one’s desires, among other teachings that many fighters know but in theory. He knows exactly what to do at the moments of difficulty, has the instinct conditioned to react immediately, knows how to fight under pressure… Actually, he not only can, he loves doing it!ronaluta

“I get stimulated when fighting under pressure. I love when somebody tells me I am going to lose. It gets me energized. Gets me motivated”

There’s a triple foundation, composed of genetics, talent and warrior spirit, of current two-time world jiu-jitsu champion. Jacaré loves jiu-jitsu and, above all, he loves the way he practises it. He goes to trainings and tournaments just as happily as a surfer attending a tournament in Hawaii. This is his final hint:ron

“Find in Jiu-Jitsu whatever makes you happy and invest in it.”

font: Gracie Magazine

pictures from Sherdog

Superfighter announced!

souzaA special meeting was held by the ADCC Committee to select a replacement for Roger Gracie for the Superfight in ADCC 2009. The ADCC Committee considered many top names for the position and after careful consideration they selected Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for face Robert Drysdale.

Everyone is excited to have ”Jacare” compete in Barcelona and the prospects of a very exciting action packed fight have just gone of the scale

Congratulations to Ronaldo “Jacare” and to Robert for having such a worthy opponent!

When contacted about the replacement, Drysdale stated: “I am stoked to be fighting “Jacare”, he is a super aggressive fighter and I look forward to a great fight!”

Jacare: “I can’t wait to show the world how hard I’ve been training for MMA and grappling. My last fight was disappointing with a result I didn’t expect. I can’t wait to show the world that Jacare is still a force in submission fighting!”

ADCC News

Drysdale is ready!

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After hearing about Roger Gracie’s injury and subsequent withdrawal from ADCC 2009, Superfight participant Robert Drysdale contacted Kid Peligro with his thoughts: “I am disappointed that I cannot fight against Roger. I have been training hard and was looking forward to a great match. But now that he is out I am issuing a challenge, bring it on! I want ADCC to select a great opponent, be it Fedor Emelianenko, Dean Lister, I don’t care. I will be ready for a great fight.”

Who will replace Roger?

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With Roger Gracie pulling out of the Superfight due to injury a host of top names are clamoring to take his spot. Two such top fighters contacted Kid Peligro today: Dean Lister and Ronaldo “Jacare”

Lister: “I just now finally heard Roger is out of Superfight. I really, REALLY would love the honor of replacing him after all I was also injured in 2007 as defending superfight champ and I was supposed to face Roger. I am undefeated in absolute and superfight. I am ready and strong and I will put on an exciting match for the world. Proud to be representing ADCC every day of my life.”

“Jacare”: “I’ve just heard about Roger’s vacancy in the Superfight. I want to let everyone know that I am ready to step in and fight. I lost to Roger in 2006 when he got the absolute taking the spot in the Superfight. I want the chance to fight Robert Drysdale and if I win perhaps I can have a rematch with Roger in 2009!”

Kid Peligro to ADCC News

Robert Drysdale

Robert DrysdaleBorn in 1981
Home: Utah – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Team Robert Drysdale
Division: under 98.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
2007 (Black Belt)
* 1st place in the ADCC World Championships – Absolute division
* 3rd place in the ADCC World Championships – under 98.9 Kg division
* 2nd place in the BJJ World Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 3rd place in the BJJ World Championships – Open Division (IBJJF/CBJJ)

2006 (Black Belt)
* 1st place in the BJJ Black Belt World Championship (CBJJO)
* 2nd place in the BJJ World Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 3x times Brazilian National equips Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)

2005 (Black Belt)
* 3x times BJJ World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 1st place Black Belt World Championships (CBJJO)
* 1st place in local Toughman Contest

2004 (Brown/Black Belt)
* 2x National Brazilian National Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 1st place in the Brazilian National Championship open division (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 3rd place World Championship (IBJJf/CBJJ)
* 1st place in the Scandinavian open
* 1st place in the Scandinavian open absolute division

2003 (Brown Belt)
* 1st place in the BandSports Challenge
* 2x times Brazilian National equips Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 2x times World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* World Cup Champion (CBJJO)
* National Brazilian Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* Brazilian Cup Champion (CBJJO)

Robert Drysdale submitted Marcelo Garcia
Robert Drysdale submitted Marcelo Garcia

2002 (Purple Belt)
* 2x Summer Festival Champion (FESPBJJ)
* 2x Submission Fighter Champion (1st place) (FESPBJJ)
* 2x Maromba Cup Champion
* 2x Maromba Cup Absolute Champion
* 2x Submission Fighter Champion (2nd phase) (FESPBJJ)
* 2x State Trials Champion
* 2x State Trials Absolute Champion
* 1st Lerjj 1st phase
* 1st place in the Lerjj 1st phase open division
* 1st place in the Submission Fighter Championship (3rd phase) (FESPBJJ)
* 2x Overall Submission Wrestling Champion (FESP-BJJ)
* 3rd place Professional division Submission Fighter (FESPBJJ)
* 1st Lerjj 2nd phase
* 1st Lerjj 2nd phase 2nd place in the Absolute division
* 2x 1st place State Championship (FESP-BJJ)
* 3rd place State Championship Absolute
* 1st place in the Brazilian Equips Championship
* 1st place in the Rio de Janeiro State Championship
* 1st place in the Rio de Janeiro State Championship open division
* 1st place in the São Paulo Open
* 1st place in the São Paulo Open absolute division
* 1st “Jogos Regionais” Champion
* 1st “Jogos Regionais” Equips Champion
* World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)

2001 (Purple Belt)
* 1st place Summer Festival
* 1st place in the Summer Festival open division
* 1st place in the Submission Fighter (1st place) (FESP-BJJ)
* 1st place Maromba Cup
* 2nd place in the Maromba Cup open division
* 1st place in the Submission Fighter (2nd phase) (FESP-BJJ)
* 3rd place in the Pan-American Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* 1st place in the State Trials Championship
* 1st place in the State Trials open division
* 1st place in the Lerjj 2nd phase
* 2nd place in the Submission Fighter (3rd phase) (FESP-BJJ)
* Overall Submission Fighter champion (FESP-BJJ)
* 1st place in the State Championship
* 1st place in the State Championship open division
* 1st place in the Sport JJ Cup
* 1st place in the Sport JJ Cup open division
* 1st in the “Jogos Regionais”
* 1st place in the “Jogos Regionais” Equips
* 2nd place Brazilian Championship (LBJJ)
* 1st Place in the Pessoa Cup
* 1st Place in the Pessoa Cup Open division
* 1st place in the Fesp-BJJ circuit (1st place)
* 3rd place in the Fesp-BJJ circuit open division (1 phase)
* 3rd place in the Nucleo cup open division
* 1st place in the (2nd phase) Fesp-BJJ circuit
* 1st place in the Itatiba Cup
* 1st place (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit
* 1st place (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit open division
* 2nd place in the Brazilian National Championship (IBJJF/CBJJ)
* Overall Submission Wrestling Champion (Fesp-BJJ)

2000 (Blue Belt)
* 2x California State Champion
* 2nd place Silver State Judo Championship
* 2x Las Vegas Judo Championship
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica open division
* 3rd place in the São Carlos JJ Cup
* 1st place in the Grapplers Quest Las Vegas
* 1st place in the 2nd American BJJ Championship
* 3rd place in the 2nd American BJJ Championship open division)

1999 (Blue Belt)
* 1st place in the California State Championship
* 1st place in the California State Championship (absolute)
* 2nd place in the Silver State Judo Championship
* 1st place in the 2nd Las Vegas invitational Judo Championship
* 1st place in the Submission Wrestling open
* 1st place in the 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship
* 2nd place in the 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship (absolute)
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica Jiu-Jitsu
* 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica de Jiu-Jitsu open division

MMA record: 1 – 0 – 0 (armbar in the 1st round)

Gracie ripping Drysdale's sleeve
Gracie ripping Drysdale’s sleeve

Brazilian/american jiu-jitsu black belt Robert Drysdale has been training and competing in BJJ since 1998. Robert was born in the USA and then moved to Brazil with his family at the age of six. As a teenager Robert returned to the USA to attend college in Las Vegas. There he began training with the Luis Pederneiras (Nova União) association. It was quickly evident that Drysdale was a natural at brazilian jiu-jitsu. It was during that time in Las Vegas that Robert decided he would dedicate himself fully to the training, competing, and teaching the art of brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Robert returned to Brazil in 2000 where he lived until 2008. During that eight year period Robert Drysdale owned and operated a jiu-jitsu academy in the town of Itu, São Paulo, Brazil. While in São Paulo Robert trained with the Maromba Club and later with team Brasa Jiu-Jitsu Club. His personal commitment to teaching, training, and competing at the sports highest level was absolute. He trained several times per week with his fellow teammates at Brasa Jiu-jitsu club headquartered in downtown São Paulo. This elite team of world-class brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters is composed of some of the best black belts in the world. It was at Brasa in 2004 Robert received his black belt from Leo Viera.

In 2008 Robert relocated to the USA and is currently teaching and training in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently training with former UFC Champion, Randy Couture and former Pride Champion Wanderlei Silva. Robert Drydale recently made his amateur MMA debut with Tuff-N-Uff, winning by armbar in the first round against Josh Musick.
Now he’s going to face Roger Gracie in a special match called Superfight. The last time they fought was in the finals of 2007 BJJ World Championship. Gracie won in a funny episode where he ripped Drysdale’s kimono.

Drysdale runs a martial arts school in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Watch his best videos here.