Since Chris Weidman has defeated several of Brazil’s greatest fighters ever, some are calling him the “Brazlian Killer” as well as “The All American”, but “Jacare” Souza isn’t down.
In Weidman’s last four fights, the UFC middleweight champ has defeated Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva (twice). As any big MMA fans knows, they are some of the most accomplished fighters the sport has ever seen, and they’re all Brazilian. It’s also worth noting that Weidman has a win over Demian Maia, who is one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners on the planet, and is also from the great, South American nation.
Well, recently “Jacare” Souza spoke with Brazil’s Sportv, and not surprisingly, he took aim at Weidman’s “Brazilian Killer” nickname. When asked whether he has a preference, in terms of who he faces for the middleweight strap, Souza stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Both are about the same to me. Rockhold stole my Strikeforce belt, so I still have that stuck in my throat. Weidman has this whole ‘Brazilian Killer’ thing, which I don’t buy.Vinny Magalhaes finished him with a flying armbar and he lost to Andre Galvao at ADCC. And he will lose to me, as well.”
How about that huh? Souza turns to some grappling history as a means to debunk the idea that Weidman’s cruised through Brazilian competition.
Before Souza gets a shot at Weidman or Rockhold, however, he’ll have to defeat Yoel Romero. Considering Romero is one of the most decorated wrestlers in the UFC, and one of the most explosive fighters at 185, it’s going to be huge test for Romero. That fight will go down at UFC 194 on December 12th, which is the same night Weidman will face Rockhold.
The upcoming event will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jose Aldo – Conor McGregor will headline the event.