Ronaldo Souza is preparing to take on fellow middleweight Tim Boetsch this weekend on the main card of the UFC 208 event.
Souza would like a title shot at UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping with a win at UFC 208, but Souza thinks the champion is simply running away from the competition.
“This fight will happen because Bisping is afraid,” Souza said during a UFC 208 media event. “Bisping is running. (The Romero) fight will happen. I believe that after my fight, Romero is next. My focus is the belt, I’d rather right Bisping next, of course, but I believe I’ll end up fighting Romero. We have unfinished business.”
Souza’s only loss in his last ten fights came to Yoel Romero, who’s expected to face champion Michael Bisping once the champion heals up from surgery. Souza was also critical of Bisping’s last title defense, which was a decision victory over the now retired Dan Henderson at UFC 204.
“The reality is he doesn't fight for his honor nor his family’s. He doesn't even fight for himself. He just wants to fight for money,” he said. “He doesn't give a damn about the fans, what fans want. Fans pay this jerk’s salary, so he better respect the fans. I'm still in the title run. Everybody knows I’m the best option available. Everybody knows that Bisping’s fight with Dan Henderson was a disaster. They didn't even disclose the pay-per-view numbers. Nobody was interested in watching that crappy fight."
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.