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UFC 230: Could “Jacare” Souza Lock up a Title Shot? Now That He’s Facing Chris Weidman?

A couple of weeks ago, chances are not too many people were talking about “Jacare” Souza’s title shot prospects. But, now that the perennial contender’s set to face Chris Weidman at UFC 230, that appears to be changing.

Souza was initially booked to fight David Branch at the November 3rd card. But, after Luke Rockhold was forced out of his bout with Chris Weidman, Souza was moved into the co-headlining spot. Branch, meanwhile, will now face Jared Cannonier.

Since the changes were made, the Souza spoke with MMA Fighting, and while doing so, he had this to say about facing Weidman, and whether a win could lead to a championship bout.

“…Whoever wins will be up there. That’s a fact and I don’t even need to talk too much about it. I want to go up (in the ranking). I want to get in there, win — and win convincingly — and then say ‘brother, I’ll sit down and only call me if you’re going to talk about the belt.’

“Everyone else is injured, there’s no one else to fight. My focus is on this fight (with Weidman), of course, but everybody knows that this fight will take me up there.”

“My fight with Kelvin Gastleum was close, I could have gotten the win,” Souza added. “My body language was weird in the third round and could have mattered for the judges, I understand that, but I landed more strikes. I beat (Yoel) Romero. Every time my fight is close, I lose. I have to go there and win, and win for real. I can’t just kind of win.”

Now, Souza didn’t come out and say that a win over Weidman will definitely, deliver him a title shot. But, could a victory over the former champ lead to that? That depends.

First off, Souza will need to go out and score an emphatic, dominant victory over Weidman to get people buzzing about him fighting for the title. While Souza’s losses to Gastelum and Romero were extremely competitive, he’s not long removed from a stoppage loss to the champ, Robert Whittaker. So, if the latter does defeat Gastelum in early 2019, would most fans really be pumped for Whittaker – Souza 2? Maybe?

Now if Gastelum defeats Whittaker, however, and Souza starches Weidman, then, “Jacare’s” chances of getting a title shot will jump up considerably (on account of the fact their bout was so close). That said, don’t be surprised if the UFC takes a look at say, Israel Adesanya, if he defeats Derek Brunson at UFC 230. Or if Paulo Costa ends up facing and defeating Romero, then he’ll definitely be in the running as well.

UFC 230 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold Are Never, Ever Going to Rematch

When they met back at UFC 194, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold were two of the best middleweights in the world. In fact, Weidman was the champ… before Rockhold smashed him and took his belt.

Since then, Rockhold crapped the bed against Michael Bisping, and has been plagued by injuries ever since.

Meanwhile, Weidman struggled to find a win in the Octagon, and after losing to Gegard Mousasi and Yoel Romero, finally beat Kelvin Gastelum.

So. The two were finally supposed to rematch in the co-main event of UFC 230 – you know, the UFC’s next, big Madison Square Garden show. But then Rockhold bowed out due to injury.

In case you forgot, these cats were supposed to face each other again before, but it was Weidman who suffered the bout-derailing injury.

I think it’s safe to say that, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the Gods of War don’t want these two ever clashing in the cage, so it’s never going to happen again.

It’s also safe to say… who cares if they do or do not fight again? They may still be elite fighters, but their championship days are likely behind them due to all the wear and tear their bodies have suffered. And the world won’t cease spinning on its axis if they never fight.

Weidman is likely facing Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza now at UFC 230, and here’s the former champ wishing Rockhold a speedy recovery.

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Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold Are Never, Ever Going to Rematch

When they met back at UFC 194, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold were two of the best middleweights in the world. In fact, Weidman was the champ… before Rockhold smashed him and took his belt.

Since then, Rockhold crapped the bed against Michael Bisping, and has been plagued by injuries ever since.

Meanwhile, Weidman struggled to find a win in the Octagon, and after losing to Gegard Mousasi and Yoel Romero, finally beat Kelvin Gastelum.

So. The two were finally supposed to rematch in the co-main event of UFC 230 – you know, the UFC’s next, big Madison Square Garden show. But then Rockhold bowed out due to injury.

In case you forgot, these cats were supposed to face each other again before, but it was Weidman who suffered the bout-derailing injury.

I think it’s safe to say that, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the Gods of War don’t want these two ever clashing in the cage, so it’s never going to happen again.

It’s also safe to say… who cares if they do or do not fight again? They may still be elite fighters, but their championship days are likely behind them due to all the wear and tear their bodies have suffered. And the world won’t cease spinning on its axis if they never fight.

Weidman is likely facing Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza now at UFC 230, and here’s the former champ wishing Rockhold a speedy recovery.

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Chris Weidman Claims He Will Receive Title Shot with Win Over ‘Jacare’ at UFC 230

Chris Weidman could be one step away from a UFC middleweight title shot.
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Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold Are Never, Ever Going to Rematch

When they met back at UFC 194, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold were two of the best middleweights in the world. In fact, Weidman was the champ… before Rockhold smashed him and took his belt.

Since then, Rockhold crapped the bed against Michael Bisping, and has been plagued by injuries ever since.

Meanwhile, Weidman struggled to find a win in the Octagon, and after losing to Gegard Mousasi and Yoel Romero, finally beat Kelvin Gastelum.

So. The two were finally supposed to rematch in the co-main event of UFC 230 – you know, the UFC’s next, big Madison Square Garden show. But then Rockhold bowed out due to injury.

In case you forgot, these cats were supposed to face each other again before, but it was Weidman who suffered the bout-derailing injury.

I think it’s safe to say that, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the Gods of War don’t want these two ever clashing in the cage, so it’s never going to happen again.

It’s also safe to say… who cares if they do or do not fight again? They may still be elite fighters, but their championship days are likely behind them due to all the wear and tear their bodies have suffered. And the world won’t cease spinning on its axis if they never fight.

Weidman is likely facing Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza now at UFC 230, and here’s the former champ wishing Rockhold a speedy recovery.

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Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold Are Never, Ever Going to Rematch

When they met back at UFC 194, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold were two of the best middleweights in the world. In fact, Weidman was the champ… before Rockhold smashed him and took his belt.

Since then, Rockhold crapped the bed against Michael Bisping, and has been plagued by injuries ever since.

Meanwhile, Weidman struggled to find a win in the Octagon, and after losing to Gegard Mousasi and Yoel Romero, finally beat Kelvin Gastelum.

So. The two were finally supposed to rematch in the co-main event of UFC 230 – you know, the UFC’s next, big Madison Square Garden show. But then Rockhold bowed out due to injury.

In case you forgot, these cats were supposed to face each other again before, but it was Weidman who suffered the bout-derailing injury.

I think it’s safe to say that, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the Gods of War don’t want these two ever clashing in the cage, so it’s never going to happen again.

It’s also safe to say… who cares if they do or do not fight again? They may still be elite fighters, but their championship days are likely behind them due to all the wear and tear their bodies have suffered. And the world won’t cease spinning on its axis if they never fight.

Weidman is likely facing Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza now at UFC 230, and here’s the former champ wishing Rockhold a speedy recovery.

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Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold Are Never, Ever Going to Rematch

When they met back at UFC 194, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold were two of the best middleweights in the world. In fact, Weidman was the champ… before Rockhold smashed him and took his belt.

Since then, Rockhold crapped the bed against Michael Bisping, and has been plagued by injuries ever since.

Meanwhile, Weidman struggled to find a win in the Octagon, and after losing to Gegard Mousasi and Yoel Romero, finally beat Kelvin Gastelum.

So. The two were finally supposed to rematch in the co-main event of UFC 230 – you know, the UFC’s next, big Madison Square Garden show. But then Rockhold bowed out due to injury.

In case you forgot, these cats were supposed to face each other again before, but it was Weidman who suffered the bout-derailing injury.

I think it’s safe to say that, like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, the Gods of War don’t want these two ever clashing in the cage, so it’s never going to happen again.

It’s also safe to say… who cares if they do or do not fight again? They may still be elite fighters, but their championship days are likely behind them due to all the wear and tear their bodies have suffered. And the world won’t cease spinning on its axis if they never fight.

Weidman is likely facing Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza now at UFC 230, and here’s the former champ wishing Rockhold a speedy recovery.

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Chris Gutierrez Rear-Naked Choke Submits Ray Rodriguez in LFA 52 Main Event

Chris Gutierrez squeezed the fight right out of Ray Rodriguez.
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Chris Gutierrez Rear-Naked Choke Submits Ray Rodriguez in LFA 52 Main Event

Chris Gutierrez squeezed the fight right out of Ray Rodriguez.
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Chris Gutierrez Rear-Naked Choke Submits Ray Rodriguez in LFA 52 Main Event

Chris Gutierrez squeezed the fight right out of Ray Rodriguez.
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