Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is up for a challenge, as the former Strikeforce champ and his manager have reportedly told the UFC that a bout with Yushin Okami sounds just fine. UFC President Dana White revealed recently that the promotion was hoping to match Souza up against Okami next, after the Brazilian middleweight choked out Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8.
According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, Souza’s manager, Gilberto Faria, informed UFC matchmaker Joe Silva that they are down with the proposal. Faria noted to the media outlet that “It is up to them now to make that happen.”
It’s not surprising to see that “Jacare” wants to test the deep waters of the UFC middleweight division right away, and whether you like Okami’s approach or not, he is indeed a huge test for most fighters. After dropping back-to-back bouts to champion Anderson Silva and Tim Boetsch, the powerful Japanese fighter has retained his top five position with consecutive wins over Buddy Roberts, Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard.
Faria added that Souza would like to take a month off, following his successful Octagon debut on May 18th, and will need three months to prepare for Okami. Whenever it happens, it will be a huge fight for both men.
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