Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (22-3-1) is one of the best fighters in the UFC’s middleweight division and right up there with the top contenders for Chris Weidman’s championship.
Not only fight fans, but both Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero want to see who the better fighter is. The UFC attempted to make this happen as they booked the two men against each at UFC 184 and then at UFC on FOX 15, but the fight never took place due to injuries appearing.
Souza told media members during UFC 190 media week that there’s no other fighter he wants next more than Romero.
“There’s no other opponent that makes sense except for Romero, so that’s a fight that might happen,” Souza said. “I’m just waiting for the UFC to announce it. People always ask me who’s going to be my next opponent, and I believe it’s Romero, but I’m waiting for the announcement.”
Luke Rockhold is scheduled to fight Chris Weidman next, so Souza plans to fight either man soon. According to Souza, it doesn’t matter that Rockhold is the last man that beat him in his impressive MMA career. He just wants to be champion.
“I will always be ready to become the champion,” said the former Strikeforce 185-pound champion. “I work for the UFC, and some fighters like to do the matchmaker’s job. I’m a fighter. If the UFC sets a date with any opponent at 185 or 205 pounds, I will be ready to become the champion.”
Souza is currently on an eight-fight winning streak. He has finished five out of his last six fights, four coming by submission and one coming by knockout.
“I will be the next UFC champion, no doubt about it,” he continued. “I’m training for this. I achieve every goal I had in my life, and it won’t be different with the UFC. Whoever steps in front of me will be taken down, and if I have to do one more fight before the belt I will fight, and I will win. I will get the submission or the knockout.
“Sooner or later I will be the title contender, no doubt. Things happen pretty fast in the UFC. I will only know if Rockhold will really fight Chris Weidman when he signs the contract or the UFC announces it, or I’m next.”
Souza is fresh off a win over Chris Camozzi at UFC on FOX 15 and is currently awaiting his next challenger. The UFC has yet to announce that.
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