The folding of Strikeforce has been labeled by many as being “bittersweet”. While the conflicting emotions are understandable considering the company’s history, a huge positive of the deal involves the intrigue created by the migration of the organization’s top fighters into the UFC’s ranks.

One of the most exciting additions to the UFC’s roster is middleweight Ronaldo Souza. The slick submission-specialist improved his record to 17-3 this past Saturday night at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine by beating seasoned scrapper Ed Herman in the opening round of their main card clash. With April already being targeted for the Brazilian’s UFC unveiling, Souza is ready to take his career to the next level and is confident he’ll do so as a member of the world’s foremost MMA promotion.

“I believe in my hard work, and I believe I’m going to do pretty well there,” said Souza to MMAJunkie after his win last weekend. “I’ve got a lot of experience, I have great fights, and now I’m ready to go to the UFC and do my best.”

Souza is on a three-fight run with the trio of victories all involving some form of stoppage. Fourteen of his seventeen total wins have featured a finish including those over Derek Brunson and Robbie Lawler.