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Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza did everything but finish the fight with Francis Carmont at UFC Fight Night 36 on Saturday night in Brazil. He certainly did enough to maintain a foothold at the top of the 185-pound division, but did he do enough to earn a title shot?
“Absolutely, I deserve [a title shot],” said Jacare in a post-fight interview on Fox Sports 1. “But if the UFC doesn’t think so, they can put another fight for me and I’ll be happy to fight anyone.”
The UFC made no announcements, but when Jacare and Lyoto Machida were later asked at the post-fight press conference what they thought about fighting each other instead of waiting around for Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort to take care of business, both men said that, while they wouldn’t like fighting each other, they would both do it if that’s how things aligned.