by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It took Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza all three rounds, but he came out on the winning end of the equation in his bout with Joey Villasenor at Saturday night’s Strikeforce event in St. Louis.
“It was a war and it was a great fight,” said Jacare later. “I was prepared for that.”
He dominated the majority of the fight, doing just enough on his feet to stay away from Villasenor’s power and take the Greg Jackson-trained fighter to the mat, over and over, for the course of the fight, earning a unanimous decision.
So what’s next for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist?
Many would think a title shot, but with Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields’ status up in the air – he’s likely to bolt for the UFC – the status of the title belt remains in the upper stratosphere as well.
That’s all right by Jacare; he’s just looking to fight again.
“Strikeforce is my home,” he said after the fight. “I’m waiting for Strikeforce to tell me what will be the next fight.”
Now sitting at 12-2, both Jacare and his boss want to keep the momentum building after back-to-back wins over Villasenor and Matt Lindland.
“You’ll see Jacare back sooner than later,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “What I mean by that is he fought in December (against Lindland) for us and it’s been about five months, but we plan to have Jacare back in the next three months or the next four months.”
Against who remains a mystery, but the promotion’s middleweight division contains the likes of Robbie Lawler, Dan Henderson, Scott Smith, and Cung Le, among others, so Jacare is sure to get an opponent that will be every bit as challenging as Villasenor when the time comes.