Jacare Souza Changes Tune, Would Fight Teammate Anderson Silva For Title
UFC middleweight fighter, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza knocked out Yushin Okami Wednesday night in a fight that has him knocking on the door of a title shot at 185 lbs. When asked about that match up, however, Jacare was less than thrilled at the idea of facing fellow Brazilian fighter, Anderson Silva, though he conceded that he would fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It didn’t take long for middleweight fighter, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, to put an end to Yushin Okami in the co-main event of Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 28 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. With a TKO victory over a higher ranked opponent, Souza is riding momentum that could have him looking at a title shot soon; and much of the talk post-fight focused on that.
While Jacare’s title shot may be an unlikely scenario especially when we consider the availability of contenders like Vitor Belfort that doesn’t exclude the possibility that he could be fighting fellow Brazilian, Anderson Silva, in the near future.
While that is something Souza has refused in the past, his attitude at Wednesday night’s post-fight press conference hinted that the fight may, in fact, be possible.
“Anderson is someone I don’t want to fight. He’s someone who’s in my camp; he’s my friend. He helps me, and I help him. So I wouldn’t be a good character if I said I wanted to fight him.
“But I’m a UFC fighter, and I hope the UFC never gives us this fight, but I’m ready to face anyone in the world in my weight class, and also at 205.”
Of course, there are still a number of fighters in line for Anderson Silva. First and foremost is Chris Weidman, the man who won Silva’s belt in July. Those two are set to rematch December 28 to decide the future of the middleweight division. After that fight, Vitor Belfort has fought his way to the number-one contender spot; and Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz are set to fight in England a fight that also holds implications for the middleweight division.
All in all, the fight between Silva and Souza is a long shot, but the UFC may be encouraged by Jacare’s change in attitude or at the very least, in his newfound acceptance that he may have to fight his teammate for UFC gold.