It’s been a couple of good days for UFC fight confirmations, and now the promotion has announced that Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will scrap fellow middleweight contender Yoel Romero, at UFC 184. That’s right. The same night middleweight champ Chris Weidman will throw down with Vitor Belfort.
UFC 184 will take place on February 28th and will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
There were reports recently that Souza and Romero were interested in fighting each other, after there was talk from “Jacare’s” camp a little while back, about possibly fighting Dan Henderson.
In terms of a rankings perspective, Souza-Romero makes quite a bit of sense, since “Jacare” is ranked #3 and Romero is #6. Henderson, if you missed it, has been tapped to fight Gegard Mousasi on January 24th.
Souza (21-3) has pretty much steam rolled the competition since he joined the UFC last year, as the jiu-jitsu guru has defeated Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami, Francis Carmont and most recently Mousasi. The only man who managed to make it to the judge’s scorecards during that time was Carmont, who lost via unanimous decision.
The 34 year-old Souza has gone 9-1 in his last 10 fights, and the only man to defeat him during that time is former Strikeforce champ, Luke Rockhold (who doesn’t care for Souza’s current ranking position apparently).
Romero (9-1) has also impressed big time since coming over to the UFC from Strikeforce. The former, Olympic Silver Medalist wrestler has defeated Clifford Starks, Derek Brunson, Ronny Markes, Brad Tavares, and most recently Tim Kennedy. Yes, the stoppage win over Kennedy came with plenty of controversy, but it doesn’t change the fact that Romero has looked pretty scary in the Octagon thus far.
The 37 year-old fighter’s only loss thus far took place at a 2011 Strikeforce event, when he was stopped by Rafael Cavalcante.
So, that’s a pivotal fight, and if Souza wins, one would think he’ll move on to face the winner of Weidman-Belfort.
UFC 184 will also see bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey versus Cat Zingano, and recently the UFC confirmed that heavyweight Frank Mir will take on “Bigfoot” Silva that night as well.
That’s a pretty solid line-up so far no?