Perhaps no man is more deserving of a title shot at middleweight than ‘Jacare’ Souza. The former Strikeforce champ has rattled off six wins in his seven UFC fights, most recently finishing Vitor Belfort with strikes in the first round of their UFC 198 showdown.
With number 11th ranked middleweight Dan Henderson getting the first shot at Michael Bispings belt due to some lingering bad blood between the two, ‘Jacare’ discussed the landscape of the middleweight division’s top ten, as well as the ever-elusiveness of a title shot of his own.
“There’s no way to be joyful with the way we are being screwed over,” Souza said to MMAjunkie. “When I fought (Yushin) Okami, it was like, ‘If you get past Okami, it’s the belt.’ I knocked him out. Okami had never received such a beating in his life, so I knocked him out.
“Then Lyoto (Machida) fights Mousasi, puts on that bland, five-round fight and gets the title shot. I fight Mousasi, submit him, beat him up, and then what? I don’t fight for the belt. Same with Vitor Belfort.
“The guy is a phenomenon, fought for the belt millions of times. ‘If you get past him, you get the fight.’ I beat him up – beat him up a lot, by the way. And I don’t get the shot. OK, then – what am I going to do? Be happy? I can’t.”
Jacare revealed the fact that now-champ Michael Bisping called him out after beating Luke Rockhold to win the belt, only to turn around and take the fight with Dan Henderson instead.
“I’m just speaking the truth. I’m just being myself. I’ve always been like this. I still don’t (trash talk). I’m not lying. The (Bisping) fight ended, I was in front of him, he said I was a classy opponent and he wanted to share an octagon with me. He’s a liar.
“He picked Dan Henderson. He doesn’t want to share the octagon with me because I’ll beat him and he knows it. I spoke the truth.”
While Bisping and Hendo settle their feud at UFC 204, Jacare spoke about his own former Strikeforce foe-turned-model Luke Rockhold, and his desire for a rematch.
“He’s a handsome guy. He likes to stand out. He’s a model. And he said he wanted to hunt alligators. So I’m going to hunt a peacock. Doesn’t he look like (a peacock)? Isn’t he damn good-looking?”
Do you feel ‘Jacare’ has done enough to warrant a title shot? If not, would ‘Jacare’ beat Rockhold in a rematch of their 2011 Strikeforce title fight? Sound off, PENN Nation!