Middleweight Ronaldo Souza will make his UFC debut this weekend when he collides with Chris Camozzi at UFC on FX 8. The official unveiling is a long time coming in the minds of many given Souza’s slick submissions and ever-evolving stand-up. Of course, it also doesn’t represent the only 185-pound pairing set for the show.
Souza was asked to weigh in on the evening’s headlining effort between Luke Rockhold-Vitor Belfort in a recent interview with the UFC, offering up a quick prediction with an admitted bit of bias being factored into the equation.
“I expect a fight with a lot of movement. I think Vitor will show his boxing which is perfect and I think will move a lot. He has a lot of gas and a big heart. He’ll try to use his wrestling and jiu-jitsu against Belfort,” assessed Souza before concluding, “I bet on a knockout by Belfort and as a Brazilian I’m cheering for him.”
Regarding his own rumble, “Jacare” explained he’d been training hard alongside the likes of champion Anderson Silva with the goal of putting on a show in front of his countrymen this Saturday.
“Here the beasts are unleashed,” said Souza of his time preparing at X-Gym. “Like a friend of mine says, ‘It’s punches, bullets, and bombs all the time.’ The training is intense. Our friends are always pushing us to get better and we are pushing back.”
The 17-3 Souza has scored stoppages in three straight bouts since losing the Strikeforce title to Rockhold as the result of a hard-fought decision. He owns past wins over the likes of Tim Kennedy, Ed Herman, Derek Brunson, and Robbie Lawler.
The full interview with Souza can be seen below: