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Old 09-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Souza says he'll fight anyone, except Anderson Silva

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By steamrolling the top-ranked Yushin Okami in his second UFC appearance, Ronaldo Souza's title aspirations were a topic of conversation at the post-event news conference for UFC Fight Night 28.

That's where "Jacare" (19-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knocked out Okami (29-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC) in less than three minutes in the evening's FOX Sports 1-televised co-main event at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Prior to the fight, Okami was ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA middleweight rankings, while Souza stood at No. 8.

Souza, a former Strikeforce champion, is happy with the UFC and has an open mind about his next opponent. But one name apparently is off limits: former champ Anderson Silva.

In December, Silva gets a chance to win back the middleweight title he lost in July to current champ Chris Weidman. If successful, it would create an impasse for both Souza and the UFC.

Souza, who trains with Silva in Brazil, said he isn't thinking about such a scenario following his triumphant win, which was his fifth straight. But he made it clear that he'd be going against his principles to fight a teammate.

"Anderson is someone I don't want to fight," Souza said. "He's someone who's in my camp; he's my friend. He helps me, and I help him. So I wouldn't be a good character if I said I wanted to fight him.

"But, I'm a UFC fighter, and I hope the UFC never gives us this fight, but I'm ready to face anyone in the world in my weight class, and also at 205."

Light heavyweight would, of course, provide a wealth of new options for Souza, who's made his biggest strides at 185 pounds. And the scenario posed at the media gathering may never materialize if Weidman is able to defend his belt. But it does create another potential situation such as the one at supercamp American Kickboxing Academy, where teammates refuse to fight one another.

That situation caused UFC President Dana White plenty of headaches.

Souza, though, remains positive about his future in the promotion.

"I've not complained, because I've done two very quick fights," he said. "The UFC already gave me very strong opponents, and I like this opponent very much. And I tell you, I'm ready for anyone. I'm not going to ask for any opponents. I'm going to go to camp and train and be ready to face any opponent, because I'm an employee who loves to work."

The Brazilian's first task is to recover from a foot injury he suffered early in the bout with Okami.

"I think it was when I gave him a front kick," Souza said. "I think it hit his elbow and it hurt my toe, and it really hurt a lot. But I focused, I forgot the pain, and I was able to do a great fight."

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Souza should stay right where he is and fight both Weidman and Silva.
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Damn friendships ruin so many good potential fights. I think jacare/weidman would be awesome though.

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Weidman - Champion
1 Anderson Silva 1 Weidman
2 Vitor Belfort 2 Silva
3 Yushin Okami 3 Belfort
4 Michael Bisping 4 Souza
5 Ronaldo Souza 5 Bisping
6 Mark Munoz 6 Okami
7 Costa Philippou 7 Munoz
8 Luke Rockhold 8 Philippou
9 Chael Sonnen 9 Rockhold
10 Tim Boetsch 10 Boetsch

That was the "official rankings" on ufc.com, easiest thing to do is flip Okami/Souza and remove Chael so u have a true top 10.

-#7 Philippou vs Carmont - Sept 21 (Ufc 165)

-#9 Rockhold vs #10 Boetsch - Oct 19 (Ufc 166)

-#5 Bisping vs #7 Munoz - Oct 26 (Fight Night)

-#3 Belfort vs Kennedy - Nov 9 (Fight Night)

-#1 Weidman vs #2 Silva - Dec 28 (Ufc 168)

Would Jacara fight Belfort? Im sure there will be a PPV or a fight night in Brazil in January, so he could fight Philippou, Rockhold if they win, or Bisping/Munoz winner
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Damn friendships ruin so many good potential fights. I think jacare/weidman would be awesome though.

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I agree, this "I won't fight this fighter because _____" is getting out of hand. That said Souza should stay at 185 because he will cause a lot of problems for anyone and he has much more of an opportunity at MW, at LHW not so much.


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Would Jacara fight Belfort? Im sure there will be a PPV or a fight night in Brazil in January, so he could fight Philippou, Rockhold if they win, or Bisping/Munoz winner
Souza vs Belfort should be the next match in my opinion, the winner faces the winner of Silva vs Weidman.
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This is exactly the fight I want to see. I hope Anderson beats Weidman, so Jacare and Weidman can fight with out Jacare jumping in line for the title.
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Belfort's next fight is at LHW against Hendo, right? Jacare is next in line for MW Championship after Silva IMO. Bugger is, that's quite a while away and Bisping and Munoz are booked, Sonnen is at LHW too.

THEN he'd only fight for the belt if Weidman is still Champ. !#@!
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Belfort's next fight is at LHW against Hendo, right? Jacare is next in line for MW Championship after Silva IMO. Bugger is, that's quite a while away and Bisping and Munoz are booked, Sonnen is at LHW too.

THEN he'd only fight for the belt if Weidman is still Champ. !#@!
That's why I saw he fights Weidman regardless. If Weidman beats Silva again, let him have a crack at the belt. If Weidman loses, it's still a great fight.
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Friendships ruin countless good match ups, but I'm excited for any fight he's involved in. He'll be a tough match for anyone.
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If they fought it would be similar to the Maia one. If Souza gets em down there's always a chance for a submission win for someone of his caliber. From a stylistic match up I've already seen at least three unless you dig back to Pride fights. I would have wanted to see Maia vs Souza though.

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Lutter had Silva beat in that fight man!!! LOL I really wanna see Weidman/Souza more than Silva/Souza though.
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