‘Jacare’ Souza: ‘Yoel Romero is The Dirty Fighter & Michael Bisping is The Chicken’

One day after calling former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder Luke Rockhold a “chicken,” Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has taken things a step further. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion is now targeting reigning 185-pound champion Michael Bisping, and likely contender Yoel Romero.

Speaking with MMAJunkie.com, “Jacare” said he believes “The Count” will defend his belt against “The Soldier of God.” He didn’t speak highly of either fighter:

“I believe (Bisping vs. Romero) will happen. The dirty one, because Romero is a dirty fighter, against the chicken, the scared one – Bisping. So it will be kind of a weird fight. The dirty (fighter) against the chicken. I believe this will be the fight.”

Whether Souza was referring to Romero’s tainted supplement incident or his cage antics is up for debate.

Souza may have had harsh words for Bisping and Romero, but he was respectful of his next opponent Tim Boetsch. Souza will go toe-to-toe with “The Barbarian” at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, NY. “Jacare” is aware of Boetsch’s dangerous punching power.

“My opponent is trouble. He has a very hard hand – it can make it difficult for any opponent. His hook makes it tough. He’s very strong and his wrestling is very good, as well. So to sum it all up, he’s trouble.”

Many questioned why Boetsch was booked to fight Souza. With higher ranked fighters such as Gegard Mousasi and Robert Whittaker, “The Barbarian” was the last opponent fans expected for “Jacare.” Souza said the options were limited.

“My idea was to fight – that was my goal. I accepted everyone that was offered to me, and I accepted Boetsch. So it was kind of, I had to accept. There’s only that option.”

UFC 208 will be held inside the Barclays Center on Feb. 11. The main event will feature the inaugural women’s featherweight title fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.

Latest MMA News

Godofredo Pepey

Godofredo Pepey on Bout With Shane Burgos: ‘Don’t Blink’

Godofredo Pepey wants to make a statement tonight (July 22). Pepey will take on Shane Burgos on the UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC...
Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman Dismisses Idea That His Career is Going Downhill

Chris Weidman has heard the naysayers and says he's ready to prove them wrong. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder is currently...
Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera Feels He’ll Crack Rankings With UFC on FOX 25 Win

Marlon Vera is eyeing a spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight rankings. Tonight (July 22), Vera will step inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum...
Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather

Pic: Official Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Poster Revealed

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather now have an official poster for their Aug. 26 showdown. McGregor and Mayweather wrapped up a tour that stopped at...
Dana White Conor McGregor

Dana White on UFC’s Future After McGregor: ‘There Will be New Stars’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White doesn't sound too worried if Conor McGregor decides to hang up his gloves soon. McGregor is due for...