Jacare Says He’s Two Wins Away From Becoming The UFC Middleweight Champion


Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has won three of his last four under the UFC banner and the Brazilian is ranked #2 in the UFC Middleweight Division rankings.

Despite a solid spot in the rankings, a confident Souza believes he needs two more wins before becoming the UFC Middleweight Champion.

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“When I’m happy, no one can beat me,” Souza told MMA Junkie. “So in two fights, I’ll be middleweight champion of the UFC.”

Souza has only suffered two defeats during his UFC tenure, with them coming to UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, who meet for the title at UFC 225.

The fighter is getting ready to battle Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224 and Souza believes he is part of a great team heading into that bout.

“I found a great team here – a humble team, but with a great heart,” Souza said. “It’s been great to have this camp here. I feel great. It’s been a while since I had felt this good, physically – by that, I mean healthy. I was always doing well physically at X-Gym because we had great professionals, but I had a rough stretch, with multiple injuries, and that made it harder. I was doing two fights a year, now I’m going into my second fight in a single semester, so that changed a lot.”

UFC 224 takes place on Saturday, May 12 from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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