UFC middleweight Ronaldo Souza will never be known as a striker and that’s okay with the 33-year old submission specialist. However, he also has no interest in being seen as a one-trick pony based on his BJJ brilliance and has made a concerted effort to improve his stand-up over the past few years.
Though Souza’s UFC on FX 8 win over Chris Camozzi came as the result of a soul-sucking Arm-Triangle Choke, “Jacare” made sure to mix things up beforehand instead of simply shooting for takedowns. After the victory, he explained why to the Fuel TV broadcast team, saying, “I threw a couple of punches, so I gave him my business card. I wanted to show him that I’m a complete fighter and I did that.”
The win improved Souza’s overall record to 18-3 and was his fourth straight, setting the widely-respected grappler up for a potential run at the title. While Souza recognizes he’ll need to score a few more instances of in-ring success before staking his claim on contendership, he’s happy to have at least shown he has what it takes to compete inside the Octagon after extended runs in Japan and Strikeforce.
“It means a lot to me,” admitted Souza. “I came in here to do my job, and that’s exactly what I did. I showed them that I can perform very well.”
The full interview with Souza can be seen below: