Souza expressed his desire to fight for the belt following his win over Mousasi on Friday at UFC Fight Night Foxwoods. There’s no doubt in Jacare’s mind that he should be the next in line for the belt, and it doesn’t matter who’s wearing the hardware around their waist.
“Definitely I’m the No. 1 contender for the middleweight title,” Souza told FOX in an on-camera interview. “I deserve the chance for the title, and I want the chance for the title.
“Right now I’m only focused on the title.”
Souza dominated Mousasi for the duration of their fight, outstriking the Dutch-Armenian kickboxer while on the feet and imposing his will when the fight went to the floor.
Upon securing his arms around Mousasi’s neck in the third round, Jacare applied a guillotine choke, forcing his opponent to tap out in the late moments of the frame.
The win earned Souza a Performance of the Night bonus and some praise from UFC brass, but the company president isn’t so convinced that he deserves to be next in line for the middleweight belt.
“He looked very impressive tonight. We’ll talk about title shots, but there’s a title fight that has to happen first,” Dana White said during the FOX Sports 1 broadcast. “He’ll probably fight again before we talk about title shots.”
With the middleweight cluster near the top of the rankings, Souza said he’ll take some time off and think things over. But regardless of the traffic jam, he stands firm in saying he should get the next bid.
“I need to go home with my kids, take some vacation time, spend some time with my wife, and I’ll think about that later,” he said. “My scenario is the belt. Whoever is the champ is whoever I’m facing.”
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