began training Judo and Jiu-Jitsu at 17 years of age. He has won five Jiu-Jitsu world titles, including gold medals in the Absolute category in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He was also champion of the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
in 2005 in the77-87kg weight class and Absolute runner-up that same year, second only to Roger Gracie, who was about 10kg heavier, along with Roger Gracie and Marcelo Garcia.
In 2008, Ronaldo Jacaré
signed with Japanese MMA organization DREAM and was slated to participate in the tournament in middleweight division. During the first leg of DREAM 2
,, he beat Ian Murphy by submission with a rear naked choke in the first round.
In the quarterfinals, which took place at DREAM 4
, he faced former ICON Sport Champion Jason "Mayhem" Miller. The fight was decided by points. Ronaldo Jacaré
won by unanimous decision and qualified for the GP semifinals.
At DREAM 6
he won against Zelg Galesic at the beginning of the first round by submission with an arm-lock. That victory took him to the DREAM tournament’s final. He would dispute the DREAM middleweight belt against Gegard Mousasi that same night. Ronaldo Jacaré was knocked out by a pedaling kick while trying to dive into Mousasi’s guard.
Ronaldo Jacaré fought for the DREAM belt in a rematch against Jason Miller at DREAM 9
. The fight result ended at a “no contest” because of an illegal kick by Miller that hit Jacaré in the head.
debuted at Strikeforce Evolution
on December 19, 2009, with a victory by submission in the first round over former UFC and Olympic medalist Matt Lindland.
He then faced Joey Villaseñor on May 15, 2010, at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery
. He won by decision.
His following fight was against Tim Kennedy, on August 21, 2010, at Strikeforce: Houston
. The Strikeforce middleweight belt was up for grabs and Ronaldo Jacaré won by unanimous decision, becoming Strikeforce’s Middleweight Champion.
On January 29, 2011, he defended his belt for the first time against Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg
. On his second defense challenge, Jacaré lost the title to Luke Rockhold via unanimous decision at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov
In the first fight after losing the belt, Ronaldo Jacaré defeated Bristol Marunde by submission with a rear naked choke in the third round. The bout took place on March 3, at Strikeforce: Tate vs.Rousey
With an average of 12,000 present spectators.
UFC Rio gathered an audience of 15,100 people.
- The largest recorded to date was 55 thousand tickets sold, at an event in Canada, which generated R$ 18 million (about U.S. $ 9.7 million). The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world.
- In every town through which the UFC passes there is a flow between R$ 27.7 and R$ 73.9 million. In Rio de Janeiro, the organization said to have had a financial of R$ 66.8 million. Jobs - UFC Rio in 2011 generated 435 job positions.
- 36 are from Brazil from a total of 266. Television -. UFC programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries, reaching more than 1 billion homes worldwide, in 21 different languages. Recently, Globo Channel acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the fights in Brazil.