UFC President Dana White recently pointed to the possibility of middleweight Ronaldo Souza meeting Yushin Okami in his next Octagon outing and, as expected, the slick submission specialist is open to the idea. A little more surprising, however, is the fact Souza wants to sit out for awhile before starting his training camp despite having exited his UFC debut with an opening round victory.
In a comment to MMAFighting, Souza’s manager explained “Jacare” isn’t aiming for a fight until fall, wanting a month off to relax and another three to train for the bout with Okami. Interestingly enough, the UFC is expected to be heading to Souza’s home of Brazil in early September to an event.
Souza choked Chris Camozzi out cold a little more than a week ago a UFC on FX 8 to pick up his fourth straight win. A former Strikeforce champion, the 33-year old is 18-3 with fourteen submissions to his credit.
The 29-7 Okami is a former title-contender on a three-fight run including success against Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard. He has also come out with his hand raised in performances against Evan Tanner, Nate Marquardt, and Mark Munoz.