Souza, 37, won the first encounter with Brunson decisively in Strikeforce, registering a 41-second TKO win five years ago. He is looking to return to the win column after a loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC on FOX 24.
Brunson, 33, dropped Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119, in October, part of a two-fight win streak. He is currently ranked No. 5 in the middleweight division.
Let’s make this clear. Jacare was suppose to get a title shot but wasn’t patient. Was looked at as the best fighter on planet 2 years ago. I’m knocking him out in the 1st and getting the next title shot . Too fast too slick. No mistakes will be made 👊 #UFCCharlotte pic.twitter.com/cEBRiIoFKC
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 30, 2017
UFC on FOX 27 is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Current bouts include:
Ronaldo Souza (24-5-0, 1NC) vs. Derek Brunson (18-5-0)
Ovince St. Preux (22-10-0) vs Ilir Latifi (13-5-0)
Randa Markos (7-5-0) vs. Juliana Lima (9-4-0)
Marco Romero Borella (12-4-0) vs. Katlyn Chookagain (9-1-0)
More bouts are expected to be announced.