This Friday night, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza will look to avenge his 2006 knockout loss to Gegard Mousasi when the two square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50 which takes place in the Foxwoords Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Coming into the bout this time around, “Jacare” is expecting to face a completely different opponent. Souza thinks “The Dreamcatcher” has improved a lot since their original meeting and he doubts this fight will be similar to the first:
“Sincerely speaking, yes,” Souza said in a interview with MMAJunkie.com. “He keeps winning in convincing ways. We’re keeping a good eye on his muay Thai.”
The two first fought for the vacant Dream middleweight title back in 2006 where Mousasi knocked Souza out with a vicious upkick. The defeat was “Jacare’s” second loss of his professional career but he doesn’t think that loss is relevant now.
“The past is the past.”
If Souza is victorious tomorrow night it will be his fourth-straight win inside the Octagon, his seventh-straight win over all. Overall, the 34-year old is 10-1-1 since his setback to Mousasi with his only loss coming in the form off a close decision to Luke Rockhold.
One more win should be enough to grant him a shot at the middleweight title but Souza says he hasn’t heard anything from UFC brass so he isn’t going to let it play on his mind.
“No one said this would guarantee I’d fight for the belt,”
he said. “I’m not thinking about it. I’m very much focused on my opponent. Gegard Mousasi is very experienced and very tough. My main concern is to win and win well.”
“I see our current matchup as a difficult new challenge in my career, which might bring me closer to my objective: the UFC belt.”
If he does get past Mousasi tomorrow night he certainly will be closer to a title shot. But, will he be next in line?