41-year-old UFC veteran Jacare Souza is a legendary grappler, with 10 jiu-jitsu world championships to show for it.
And so, when fellow Brazilian Andre Muniz declared this week that he was a better grappler than Souza, the mixed martial arts world was stunned.
But Muniz just crushed Souza with a first-round submission at UFC 262 – snapping Souza’s arm in sickening fashion along the way.
Muniz recovered from an early take-down to take down Souza twice in quick succession. The second time, Souza’s arm got trapped under Muniz’s body as they went to the canvas, causing a loud cracking noise before the referee stepped in at 3:59.
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Muniz said: “I heard it snap. I let go, not only out of respect, I’m from jiu-jitsu I knew I could hurt it even more if I didn’t let it go.”
“He’s my idol,” Muniz added. “I hope he’s good.”
Souza barely flinched despite the apparent broken arm, smiling and hugging his countryman after the bout.
The loss was Souza’s first-ever by submission, but his fourth-straight defeat in the octagon.
Muniz has now won seven straight and 15 from his 16 most recent bouts, with 18 finishes from 21 wins.
Amy Kaplan tweeted “holy moly!” while UFC star Tatiana Suarez wrote: “OMG I heard a snap. I feel sick.”
Commentator Joe Rogan said: “Oh my God he broke his arm.”