Thanks to his awe inspiring, stoppage win over perennial middleweight contender Yushin Okami last week, things are looking pretty, pretty good in the career of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. After all, since joining the UFC earlier this year, the former Strikeforce champ has scored wins over Okami and Chris Camozzi and currently sits at #3 in the promotion’s 185 pound division. With one more big win the jiu-jitsu guru could be tapped for a title fight. Sounds good right?
While Souza recently said he’s willing to fight “anyone in his weight class” (but preferably not teammate Anderson Silva), the 33 year-old also expressed an interest in fighting at 205. Although some folks may have passed that off, considering where “Jacare” is ranked at middleweight, it sounds like the Brazilian is seriously considering the move. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here’s some of what “Jacare” had to say about his prospects at light-heavyweight.
“That would give me more opportunities to work,” Souza said. “I’m not a big guy for 205, but I’m really strong and would do great fights in this division as well. I’ve always had this idea, I just never had the opportunity to show how ready I was for this challenge.”
“I’m an employee that loves to work. If they give me an opponent I won’t look to rankings, I will just fight. Of course, my managers and coaches have their opinions, but that’s the way I see.”
The report also says that Souza’s boxing coach Josuel Distak suggested a bout between Souza and light-heavyweight contender Phil Davis to Combate.com. Interesting no?And is all this talk about 205 due to the fact Souza just wants to avoid a fight with his buddy Silva? “Jacare” claims his interest in moving to light-heavyweight has “nothing to do with him.”
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