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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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After the dust settled following Luke Rockhold’s injury withdrawal from UFC 230 rematch against Chris Weidman, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has stepped in to face Weidman.
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‘Jacare’ Souza Replaces Luke Rockhold in UFC 230 Co-Main Event

After the dust settled following Luke Rockhold’s injury withdrawal from UFC 230 rematch against Chris Weidman, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has stepped in to face Weidman.
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Report: ‘Jacare’ Souza, David Branch to Collide at UFC 230

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweights David Branch and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza are set to collide at UFC 230 in New York City this November after some back-and-forth between the two camps.
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Kelvin Gastelum vs. ’Jacare’ Souza Middleweight Clash Added to May UFC 224 Card in Rio

When Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight king Robert Whittaker is healthy, Yoel Romero will almost assuredly be his next challenger. Now, we have a good idea of who will be second in line.
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Jessica Aguilar Removed from UFC Fight Night 126 After Liva Renata Souza Withdrawal

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VIDEO: Jacare Souza is Dangerous

It’s still quite possible that Ronaldo Souza, a.k.a. “Jacare”, could win a belt. He is, after all, that good. But first he has to find his way past the elite of the UFC’s middleweight division, namely, the two dudes who’ve beaten him in the Octagon. However, walking back those losses to Robert Whittaker and Yoel […]

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VIDEO: Jacare Souza is Dangerous

It’s still quite possible that Ronaldo Souza, a.k.a. “Jacare”, could win a belt. He is, after all, that good. But first he has to find his way past the elite of the UFC’s middleweight division, namely, the two dudes who’ve beaten him in the Octagon. However, walking back those losses to Robert Whittaker and Yoel […]

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UFC on FOX 27: Derek Brunson vs Jacare Souza on tap for Jan. 27 in Charlotte

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has apparently rubber-stamped a middleweight bout between top contenders Derek Brunson and Ronaldo Souza for the upcoming UFC on FOX 27 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 inside Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I signed my contract and I’m pretty sure Jacare signed his contract,” Brunson told ESPN. “I was aiming for somebody who would get me a title shot. But after thinking about it, a first-round finish over Jacare, who’s been considered as one of the best fighters on the planet, I think that gets me a shot.”

After a shady decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 208, Brunson (18-5) roared back with consecutive knockout wins over Daniel Kelly and Lyoto Machida. Souza (24-5, 1 NC), meanwhile, is looking to rebound from his technical knockout loss to interim kingpin Robert Whittaker last April.

UFC on FOX 27 is expected to be headlined by the middleweight showdown pitting Vitor Belfort opposite Uriah Hall. Elsewhere on the card, Ovince Saint Preux tangles with Ilir Latifi for a spot in the 205-pound title chase.

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