After signing both M-1 properties Gegard Mousasi and Fedor Emelianenko over the span of seven days, the San Jose-based Strikeforce organization has added yet another hot commodity to its roster with the signing of grappling ace Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Strikeforce Vice President of Communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news in a press release sent to FiveOuncesOfPain.com early Wednesday morning.
Souza is scheduled to face Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the DREAM middleweight title in their third career meeting at DREAM 11 on Oct. 6 in Japan. However, Strikeforce indicates that Souza’s first bout under the Strikeforce banner could take place sometime in the fall.
Souza, 10-2, increases the depth in an already strong Strikeforce middleweight division that includes Cung Le, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, Scott Smith, and Benji Radach.
Not surprisingly, the native Brazilian is excited to come to the U.S. and test his skills in the Strikeforce cage.
“I am very excited that I will have the opportunity to fight in Strikeforce amongst many of the world’s best middleweight fighters,” the 29-year jiu-jitsu black belt is quoted. “Strikeforce has an extremely deep roster of top middleweight fighters. I am looking forward to the challenge and to taking my career to the next level.”