>> Tuesday, May 26, 2015
In a recent interview Jacare showed respect for the current Middleweight champion's grappling, "My styles matches his. I have seen him fight at ADCC, he is really good on the ground. Not to mention he is a Renzo Gracie blackbelt, so he is not anybody. Many people say he didn't convince yet, but yes he did. I'm here to take the belt of this great champion who is Chris Weidman. Anyone can fight me on the ground, but sooner or later, they'll pay for it."
"There's no doubt I'm next. I'm very confident, no matter what my ranking number is. I'm undefeated in the UFC, it has been five straight wins so far. The man ahead of me has already been knocked out and that counts a lot."
Rockhold hands down deserves the next title shot. Look at who Rockhold has beat on his current win streak. Rockhold has defeated Philippou, Boetsch, Bisping, and Machida. He did not just beat all of those guys, but he also finished them all in no later than the second round, and most importantly they were one sided fights. Those four wins are much better than any from Jacare's current win streak. Jacare's current UFC win streak's two best names are Okami and Mousasi. Jacare is an excellent fighter, has improved his boxing a lot, and I believe he would be an interesting match up for Weidman, but I do not think he deserves it. This is coming from me, and I have been a huge fan of Jacare's since his Strikeforce days.