Jacare Souza Suffers Apparent Broken Arm Injury in Submission Loss at UFC 262

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 16, 2021

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 15: Ronaldo Souza of Brazil prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Andre Muniz in their middleweight bout during the UFC 262 event at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
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Andre Muniz appeared to break Jacare Souza's arm while putting him in an armbar at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.

Muniz, who won the fight by submission, told reporters after the match that he heard Souza's arm "snap" and "let go [of the submission hold] willingly out of respect."

Marc Raimondi @marc_raimondi

Muniz: I’m a fan of Jacare since I was a kid. He’s my idol. I hope he’s good. #UFC262

Chris Weidman @chrisweidman

Oh man. I can’t watch this. Feel terrible for Jacare

The fact that Souza had very little reaction to his arm being snapped—he even hugged Muniz after the fight ended—had people shook:

Ryan Clark @Realrclark25

NSKDODJDBRIDINROSMEKRLSNSGEKDJDHEI!!! How does that happen? Broke his arm and Souza wasn’t even tripping. Again they show me I ain’t built like that! @ufc fighters are just different

Frank Schwab @YahooSchwab

Yeah same exact process. "Wait, he didn't break his arm, he's not even reacting ... why is he saying you can hear the ... OHHHHHHH"

The 41-year-old Souza has now lost his last four fights and five of his last six. He last fought Kevin Holland at UFC 256 in Dec. 2020, losing by knockout. His last win came against Chris Weidman in 2018. 

It's fair to question if Souza, facing a recovery period for a broken arm, will contemplate retirement after Saturday's result. 

Muniz, 31, is on a seven-match win streak and appears to be in the prime of his fighting career. Five of those have been stoppages, including four by submission and three by armbar. 

“I’m here to stay,” he told reporters after the fight. “I deserve a Top 15 opponent right now.”