Ronaldo Souza would certainly into the “good” category when it comes to MMA fighters, and he’s been waiting a long time to land a crack at the UFC’s middleweight title, but the Brazilian thinks his time is coming.
Souza has lost only once in the past five years, dropping a split decision to Yoel Romero at UFC 194, the same Romero who is slated to eventually fight Michael Bisping for the Brit’s 185-pound crown. “Jacare” had feasted on Bristol Marunde, Derek Brunson, Yushin Okami, Chris Camozzi (twice) and Gegard Mousasi before losing a razor-thin decision to Romero. From there, he obliterated future Hall of Famer Vitor Belfort within a round and instead of landing a chance at UFC gold, Souza defeated Tim Boetsch at UFC 208 last Saturday Feb 11th via submission in the first round.
“What I can tell you is that I’ve done my part and I’ve beaten some tough, top guys like Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort,” Souza told in a interview. “I keep doing what I need to do to make sure I get where I want. Who gets a title shot is up to the UFC and all I can keep on doing is doing my job the right way.
“If you look back,” he added, “every fighter who has come from another [promotion] who does well has gotten a title shot. I have come from another show and have gotten some great wins. Luke Rockhold did, all these other guys did. I was champion in Strikeforce, and I think I have done well in the UFC. My title shot will come.”
In a interview before the fight at UFC 208 Jacare said: “I’ll have to be aggressive and push forward because Tim Boetsch is a very tough fighter who has a great, strong chin,” he said. “He’s hard to knock out so I’ll have to be attacking right away, looking for the finish. I want to keep it intense because I know how dangerous Tim is. But that is not going to change my focus, which is to force the fight and always look for the finish.” And that is what he did. Jacare took his opponent down, mount and finished the fight via kimura in the very first round (3:41 min).