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“Jacare” expresses interest in UFC, satisfaction with Strikeforce

Since debuting for Strikeforce in December 2009, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has racked up three straight wins in addition to the promotion’s middleweight title by outpointing Tim Kennedy last August in Houston, Texas. He is a multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion and has emerged hands-raised in thirteen of his last fourteen bouts. However, while accomplishing even one of those things might be enough for the average individual, “Jacare” has proven time and time again he is anything but typical.

The submission-specialist recently spoke to Tatame about his desire to become the top 185-pounder in MMA as well as an interest in eventually testing himself inside the Octagon.

“I feel pretty good being the current champion of Strikeforce, but I want more than that,” said the 30-year old BJJ blackbelt. “I’d like to fight (in the) UFC, but for now I’m cool on Strikeforce and I don’t intend to leave the event.”

“I want to become the number one in my division,” he continued. ”I want to win more titles – it’s all just starting for me.”

Souza is 14-2 in his career with ten submission victories to his credit. In addition to his recent championship-win over Kennedy, he’s found in-ring success against the likes of Joey Villasenor, Matt Lindland, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

  • Wow….I think it would be downright hilarious if Jacare splits to the UFC. the second time a champ has defected and went over to the ufc while holding a belt.

  • boomnutz says:

    yea it would, doesn’t he train with Team Nogueira? I wonder if Andersen takes offense to the comments. pretty soon Anderson won’t be able to fight at all, he’s got too many friends

  • MCM says:

    If you want to be the best, you have to fight in the UFC. They are the top of the heap in MMA, and every fighter knows it. They may not like the contracts or Dana White, but if you want to be considered the best in the world, and you main base of fighting is in the U.S., you have to hold UFC gold.

    As far as I can tell, Jacare does not train at Black House. But that doesn’t me he isn’t friends with AS. I think right now, he’s just testing the waters. Seeing what Dana might offer him and if it’s worth leaving now or racking up a few more wins before going over.

  • YetiLee says:

    As much as I love to watch Jacare fight, I think the UFC would be a bad move for him to be honest. Right now in DREAM and Strikeforce he is the big fish in the little pond. But coming over to the UFC and getting into the middleweight division there it would be the opposite and I really don’t think Jacare would get past the role of gate keeper in the UFC.


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