Ronaldo Souza was not a well known name in the amateur Mixed Martial Arts circuits but he stormed into Strike Force early in 2003 with some of the best submission skills ever witnessed in the sport and since then, he has always been a force to be reckoned with.
Now, exactly ten years and 23 fights on, the Brazilian has added a stunning straight punch knockout to his already overwhelming armory and the former Middleweight titlist in Strike Force is targeting glory in the UFC.
And speaking in a recent press conference in his home land in Brazil, Souza stated that he believes that he has what it takes to defeat the reigning UFC Middleweight Championship holder Chris Weidman. The Brazilian is highly regarded for his skills in jiu-jitsu and has a black belt in the martial arts form and according to him, his style is perfectly suited to take on and beat anyone, including the American Weidman.
He admitted that many people still doubt his potential but in his opinion, that is how he likes it. He mentioned that he has a lot to prove, adding that he has only had two fights in the UFC but he is ready to show everyone that he is here to stay and fight for the title.
Souza takes on Francis Carmont in February’s UFC Fight Night 36 and he talked of the fight as a grand prix that will determine who gets to fight to become the next challenger to the 185 lbs champion for the title.
Chris Weidman, on the other hand, will defend his belt against the legendary Anderson Silva at UFC 168 with the odds stacked against him and only when the outcome is settled, will Souza know whether he has it in him to be the champion.