Gegard Mousasi, you are officially on notice.
With Lyoto Machida out of the way for the time being, Ronaldo Souza is looking to book his date with the winner of the UFC 181 main event between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.
All he has to do is get by the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion; a man who defeated Souza at Dream 6, back on September 23, 2008.
Sure the win was fluky (he loss via an upkick), but “Jacare” would be the first to tell you that at the end of the day, a loss is a loss, no matter how it all went down.
This time around, Souza is expecting a different outcome; one that ends with his hand being raised.
With what would be his seventh consecutive victory (fourth in the UFC), it would be difficult for anyone to justify giving anyone else, other than Souza, a title shot.
Without looking too far ahead, “Jacare” plans on asking for the next title shot, when he defeats Mousasi.
Fighting him again, it’s like just another fight. I’m ready to annihilate my opponent and have another victory in the UFC. I’m going to stop Mousasi. I’ve come to be undefeated in the UFC to lose to nobody. People have to keep believing in me because I’m going to be the champion of this division. But first I have to beat Mousasi to ask for something and after this fight I’ll ask for a title shot.
Souza, based on the results of his last three fights, has become one of the most well-rounded fighters on the UFC’s roster. Souza, who at one point was only considered a threat on the ground, has quickly become a feared striker.
His performance against Yushin Okami showed that his striking is right on par with his ground game.
Sure we’ve seen Okami hurt before, but the ease in which Souza hurt him is downright frightening.
The first fight between Souza and Mousasi was six years ago. There is no doubt that Mousasi is a different fighter than he was that night in Saitama. But heck, for that matter, Souza is also a different fighter; one that aims to destroy opponents.
This is going to be a great fight!
Souza vs. Mousasi II headlines UFC Fight Night 50 on September 5 from Ledyard, Connecticut.