by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza have unfinished business, and it looks like they’ll settle it this summer.
A source close to the fight Thursday told MMAWeekly.com that Dream has offered Miller a third bout with Souza for the still vacant middleweight title on July 20 at Dream 11. The fight would shadow the final round of the promotion’s Featherweight Grand Prix.
Miller also confirmed the bout via his official Twitter account.
The pair’s second meeting, at Dream 9, also for the promotion’s vacant middleweight title, ended contentiously when an illegal kick from Miller opened a fight-ending cut on Souza’s brow, forcing a no contest. The two exchanged words in the limbo of the ringside doctor’s deliberations.
Miller, who will head a second season of the popular fight reality show “Bully Beatdown,” re-dedicated himself to training after a lackluster decision loss to Souza at Dream 4. Initially unapologetic about the no contest on popular Internet forum The Underground, Miller promised to dominate the third fight.
On May 29, Souza told tatame.com he would not fight in July.
“Dude, I already beat him once, was winning this one,” said Souza. “For me, if I have to fight, I fight; if I don’t, whatever. The problem is his, has already lost once and at the second made this (expletive).
“I don’t know what (Dream will) do. I trained three months to this clown come and do what he did. Now I won’t fight in July, not for a while. I’ll take a rest and wait.”