Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza hasn’t tasted defeat since 2011, and has won eight straight fights since then. So, when he wasn’t selected as the next middleweight title challenger, he wasn’t very happy.
On Dec. 12, Souza will face former Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero while the last man to beat Souza — Luke Rockhold — challenges champion Chris Weidman. Should Souza get past Romero, as he plans, he said this week that he firmly expects to get the next title fight.
In fact, if he gets passed over, Souza suggested that he’d get physical with UFC president Dana White. "My title shot is long overdue," he told reporters in Brazil.
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"Here’s the deal, in case I beat Romero, which is what will happen, I’m going after Dana (laughs). I can’t go after the matchmaker, because Joe Silva is too small. Dana is a bit bigger.
“I’m next. I don’t care who wins or loses the next title fight. I want to beat Romero, a really tough guy. I will defeat him and I will be next."
If Souza does end up fighting for gold, next, he doesn’t much care who he fights for it. "I only think about getting the belt," he said.
"It doesn’t matter if it will be from Luke or Chris. What I want is to be the champion.
"That Rockhold fight is long gone, but it would be good to have the opportunity to fight him again. I asked for that fight several times back in Strikeforce, I don’t know why it never happened."