“Jacare” Souza “Wasn’t Born to Sit Around”, Won’t Wait on Sidelines For Title Shot
By FCF Staff
“Jacare” Souza battled the lower ranked Tim Boetsch at UFC 208 in order to stay busy, and the middleweight intends to keeping fighting, rather than sit idle while waiting for a title shot.
Souza was scheduled to face fellow contender Luke Rockhold last November, but the latter had to withdraw due to an injury. Since no top ten contenders were available to fight, Souza agreed to face Boetsch. The Brazilian star went on to submit Boetsch in the opening round.
With the win, Souza moved his UFC record to 7-1, with his only loss during that stretch being a controversial, split decision defeat to Yoel Romero. When asked about his future following the fight, and whether he plans to wait for a title shot, Souza said the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I want to fight the champion, but if that’s going to take a while, I prefer to take another fight because I don’t want to sit around, I wasn’t born to sit around,” Souza said. “So I’ll take another fight if it’s going to take too long to get a title shot.”
Souza also said that he’s interested in facing Romero again, if the opportunity arises. Romero, however, is expected to fight champion Michael Bisping next.