Now that he is injury-free, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza feels he is an unstoppable force at the UFC’s middleweight division.
Prior to his win over Derek Brunson in January, life had been rough for Ronaldo Souza. After being sidelined due to a torn pectoral muscle in late April of the past year, “Jacare” was then affected with an infected appendix which ended up bursting.
These days, the 38-year-old Brazilian fighter is a lot healthier compared to the last half a year. Now seemingly rejuvenated fully, Jacare feels he is an unstoppable force at the UFC’s 185-pound division.
“When I’m happy, no one can beat me. So in two fights, I’ll be middleweight champion of the UFC,” Jacare told MMAjunkie. “It’s just confidence.”
Last year, Jacare also began contemplating about retirement, especially if he was not granted a title shot sooner than later. It is still a thought that remains in his mind, but at the same time, he feels he could still compete at the elite level and eventually bag UFC gold.
“I don’t really have this problem with the idea of stopping, because I don’t want to risk my health,” he said. “I’d thought about stopping before because I thought maybe I couldn’t fight at a high level anymore. That’s was what made me think about that. The day things start getting tough, I’ll stop.”
“That’s the natural order of things: You leave, and younger people come in. That’s just how life is and I see no problem with that. I just have the conviction and certainty that I can still fight at a high level and that I can still be champion.”
Jacare is currently slated to co-headline UFC 224 against Kelvin Gastelum on May 12th in his home country of Brazil.