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LEDYARD, Conn. - Ronaldo Jacare Souza remained perfect in his UFC run and may soon find himself competing for the companys middleweight title. Souza (21-3), the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist was absolutely dominant in his UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi headliner with Gegard Mouasi (35-5-2), looking crisp on the feet and brilliant on the floor en route to scoring a third-round submission win on Friday night. Fellow top contender Mousasi showed incredible defence on the mat, turning aside submission attempt after submission attempt from the grappling ace. But Souza simply wouldnt be denied, repeatedly taking the fight to the floor and looking for options. The moment he needed came late in the third round. In the final minute of the frame, Mouasi worked to a seated position in hopes of getting back to his feet. Souza seized the moment, latching on to a guillotine choke and sitting back to squeeze the hold, earning the tap from his opponent with 30 seconds left in the third round. Afterward, Souza staked his claim to the No. 1 contender spot in the UFCs 185-pound division. If anyone doubts that, theyre completely wrong, Souza said. Lyoto (Machida) fought this guy for five rounds. I finished him before the fight ended, so if anyone doubts that, theyre completely wrong. Im next for the title. In the nights co-feature, perennial underdog Ben Rothwell (34-9) scored one of the biggest victories of his career, earning a first-round TKO win over Alistair Overeem (37-14). Rothwell was unintimidated by former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champion Overeem, happily standing at kickboxing range and looking to trade. The risky strategy paid dividends, as both men simultaneously threw punches, but Rothwell scored with a right hand to the temple. Overeem crashed to the canvas, and Rothwell followed with additional punches to force a stop to the bout at the 2:19 mark of the opening round. I know the odds were against me, and everyone went against me because people dont really know what Im about, Rothwell said. Thats my fault. My last three wins should prove that Im legit. In another heavyweight matchup, Matt Mitrione (8-3) needed just 41 seconds to dispatch of the man that called him out, Derrick Lewis (11-3). Lewis, who asked for the Mitrione matchup following back-to-back TKO wins to start his career, looked to land his signature power blows, but it was his opponent who struck first. As they clashed in the centre, a short right hand scored flush for Mitrione, and Lewis crumpled to the floor. Mitrione swarmed with additional strikes, ending the fight in the opening minute. Afterward, Mitrione admitted his opponents actions served as motivation. He called me out, so that really upset me, Mitrione said. Thats not really my flavour. I expected to finish him that quickly. In the nights first main-card matchup, Joe Lauzon (24-9) and Michael Chiesa (11-2) seemed destined to turn in an instant classic, but a nasty gash over Chiesas right eye ended the fight prematurely in the second frame. The fiery lightweights both pushed forward from the start, engaging in entertaining exchanges both on the feet and the floor. Lauzon seemed to be getting the better of the early action, but Chiesa also appeared primed to push the action well into the later stages of the fight. He wouldnt get the chance. A Lauzon knee opened a deep cut over Chiesas right eye, and doctors waved off the fight at the 2:14 mark of the second round. I think he edged me out in the first round, and he finished pretty strong, Lauzon admitted. I came out strong in the second and cut him above his eye and that was it. DeMarcus Ware Jersey . "I honestly dont know," he said. 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Konta, ranked 18th in the world, reached her first career WTA final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over second seed Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.After sailing through the opening set, Williams had to fight her own inconsistent serve in the second.Up 5-4 in the second and serving for the match, Williams produced three double faults and wasted two match points before finally easing through the tie-break.The 36-year-old Williams, who won the Stanford title in 2000 and 2002, won her 49th career singles title in Taiwan in February.Konta, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, and at Eastbourne in June, has recovered impressively since a disappointing second-round exit at Wimbledon in June. Venus Williams set to battle for a 50th WTA title on Sunday Im really happy to have come through that and to be in my first final, Konta said.dddddddddddd Im really happy that its here in California, where the weather is unbelievable.Konta dominated on serve and closed out the first frame with an ace, and delivered more of the same in the second set, winning 27 of the 29 points on which she put her first serve in play.She could not hide her delight after a long forehand on match point from Cibulkova sailed out and she let out a scream of joy.Its a release of emotions, because I felt I needed to do a very good job of focusing on myself, my own game. And I was very happy I was able to do that and thats what happens when you try to stay calm for so long, Konta said.I was trying to focus just on the circumstances and not anything that was going on around me. I enjoyed being out here, playing in front of a great crowd and am excited to come back on Sunday. 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