ĎJacareí Souza wants test at 205: 'I've always had this idea'
"That would give me more opportunities to work," Souza said. "Iím not a big guy for 205, but Iím really strong and would do great fights in this division as well. I've always had this idea, I just never had the opportunity to show how ready I was for this challenge.
"Iím an employee that loves to work. If they give me an opponent I wonít look to rankings, I will just fight. Of course, my managers and coaches have their opinions, but thatís the way I see."
Following two first-round finishes in the UFC, "Jacare" says he would accept to fight anyone inside the Octagon except Anderson Silva. His decision to fight at 205 pounds, however, is not related to the possibility of the "Spider" conquering back his middleweight title on Dec. 28 against Chris Weidman.
"Thereís nothing to do with him," he said. "I live my life according to my career and family, God, not according to other person. Never."
Josuel Distak, Souzaís boxing coach, suggested Phil Davis as an opponent for a light heavyweight clash in an interview to Combate.
"My coaches know my potential and thatís why they say that, but I only said I want to fight at 205, I didnít ask for anyone specifically," said Souza. "Thatís not my style. I do my best, train hard and let my hands and feet do the talk, not my mouth. I like to shut up and do my job."
Souza finished his last five opponents, four of them in the first round, and we probably watched the best "Jacare" ever against Okami. However, Souza teases that his next fight will be even more impressive.
"I believe I can do even more because Iím very focused," he said. "Iím not bragging myself. I canít stop thinking about my victory, but Iím already thinking about my next camp, and the coaches I have to hire to keep evolving. Iím mentally preparing my next camp to return better than I was in this fight.
"It may look that I was underestimating Okami, but that was not the case. I was well trained. I knew he was a tough opponent, ranked No. 3 in the world, and that he has stopped a lot of guys, but I didnít care about it. I was happy with the opportunity to fight Okami and ready for the biggest challenge of my career. It was a huge step for me."