Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza’s only loss in his past 10 outings was a controversial split-decision one to Yoel Romero, who it was later revealed failed a drug test for performance-enhancing substances. As such, the Brazilian is the rightful No. 1 contender to the middleweight world title.
So, it must be very frustrating for him to hear so much of the MMA focused on other men getting the first crack at new champion Michael Bisping, instead of him. Bisping and Dan Henderson both want to rematch one another, and misguided sentimentality as well as marketability threatens to make that fight a reality, despite the fact that Henderson’s age-slowed reflexes make him alarming to watch compete at this point, and that he’s lost six out of his past nine bouts.
"He’s a chicken. If I get him, I’ll break him in half. He’s retired and wants to fight for the title in a division he never fought before? He always ran away from Anderson (Silva), ran from fighting at 185, and now he wants the belt?"
That doesn’t mean that Souza wouldn’t mind fighting the mega-star. "Look, I’ll give him this chance, and it’s going to be easy for me," he promised.
"I would pass on fighting for the belt only to fight [GSP] if he moves up. He’s a chicken. If he wants to move up, I would let Bisping for later, since I know I’m the next in line. If he wants to move up, I want him. I will break his neck."
As for Henderson, Souza wishes the living legend all the best, as long as it doesn’t interfere with his own career. "I honestly don’t give a damn [about Henderson]," he added.
"I think it would be wonderful if he fought for a title before retiring, but not in front of me. You have to earn it. Beat a top of the division first. He’s coming off many losses. If he wants to fight Bisping, he has to wait for his turn. Dan Henderson can’t fight for the title. It’s impossible. It won’t happen."
Assuming Souza gets what he wants — a title-fight with Bisping — he isn’t underestimating the new king at 185 pounds. "I never underestimate anyone, and won’t underestimate Bisping," he said.
"I don’t know why everybody is calling him out when they won’t deserve to fight him. They don’t know where they are going when they didn’t even earn it. Dan Henderson is way behind, there’s no possibility he fights Bisping. It’s disrespectful to both of us, the No. 1 contender and the champion."
Souza says that St-Pierre ran from Anderson Silva for years like a coward, and promises that he’d cripple the former welterweight champ should they fight.