Costa Philippou welcoming Ronaldo Souza to the Octagon in May

Ronaldo Souza - StrikeforceThe UFC’s May 18 stop in Brazil for UFC on FX 8 may be headlined by a bout between Luke Rockhold-Vitor Belfort but it turns out the main event match-up won’t be the only clash on the card featuring a middleweight with ties to Strikeforce gold taking on one of the division’s top contenders. Though not confirmed, it appears former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Souza will make his UFC debut at the show where he’ll collide with streaking powerhouse Costa Philippou.

MMAFighting was first to report the rumble. The bout will also give Souza an opportunity to fight in front of his countrymen for the first time in more than five years.

Philippou is 12-2 in his career and currently on a five-fight run including a finish of Tim Boetsch last December. Half of his wins have come as the result of a strike-based stoppage.

Though his hands have improved over the past few years, “Jacare” is primarily known for his exceptional ability on the mat. The 17-3 grappler has thirteen triumphs by way of submission including those over Alexander Shlemenko, Robbie Lawler, and Ed Herman.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/STRIKEFORCE

7 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    Cannot wait to see Souza in the UFC, i see him taking this one.

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  • MCM says:

    It’s possible, but I think Philippou pulls of the UD. I think Souza will have a hard time getting him down and an even harder time keeping him there. And if it stays on the feet, it’s all Team Serra.
    I’ve been saying for a year now that Constance was gonna earn a title shot in 2013, and with a win here, he should be right at the top.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Sorry MCM he won’t get it, he’s not a name and that’s all the UFC is caring about right now.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I would be surprised if Costa pulls the upset for sure, but he is coming from a strong camp and great trainers so maybe not that surprised, but I still think he gets subbed by Jacare.

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  • MCM says:

    GETTING a title shot and EARNING a title shot are two different things. I think he’ll have Earned his shot in 2013. If he finishes Jacare and maybe one other fighter, he’ll Get his shot.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Phiippou is on a nice run, and a win over Jacare would further boost his case for a title shot, but for better or worse there’s no way he jumps ahead of Weidman and then the Belfort/Rockhold winner.

    Going back to the Belfort fight, when Silva won with the Sensei Seagal-inspired front kick, there have been 3 Super Bowls played and Silva has defended his belt 3 times (Belfort, Okami, Chael). So at this rate it’s going to take a really, really long time for a guy like Philippou to get a title shot. His winning streak might have reached double digits by then.

    Plus Dana White guaranteed Silva would fight GSP this year, probably at Cowboy Stadium. So that should be cool and stuff.

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  • MCM says:

    Weidman maybe, but Belfort has only beaten one top 10er (Bisping) since he accidentally won the LHW title 8 years ago. Course that doesn’t stop Dana from giving him undeserved title shots.

    Good point about Silva defending once a year. That’s why I think he should just move up and let the division move forward.

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