Ronaldo Souza will ask for a UFC middleweight title fight if he defeats Yoel Romero at UFC 194 on December 12.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion has yet to lose in the UFC and should he extend that streak in Las Vegas next month, he is determined to ensure that he is next in line for a title fight.
Should this occur, Souza could fight reigning champion Chris Weidman or Luke Rockhold who will face each other in a title fight in the co-main event at UFC 194.
“I’m not thinking about this,” Souza told reporters. “Here’s the deal: I will defeat Romero, and I’ll get Dana White later. I can’t get that matchmaker (Joe Silva) because he’s too small. Dana White is a bit bigger.
“I’m next, I don’t want any blah-blah-blah, who wins and who loses. I want to be the next in line. I want to beat Romero. I know I have to work first, and I have a tough fight against Romero. My goal is to get past him and I’m gonna do that, and I will be the next for the title.”
However, while Souza already has his sights set on a title fight in the future, he acknowledged that beating Romero will be no easy feat as the 38-year-old is a strong unit. But, while this may be the case, Souza is confident that he will be able to triumph over the veteran by using his jiu-jitsu background.
“I have huge expectations," he said. "I’m fighting in a big card. I’m really happy and motivated with this possibility. And I believe I’m going to do a great fight… He’s a tough opponent. He’s so strong he shouldn’t even exist. That guy is really strong, but I’m prepared to go in there and put him in trouble with my game.
“You look at your opponent’s fight, and he went down in every single fight. He really went down. Things happened in every fight, but I won’t talk about it. I have weapons to beat him and I’m ready to use them to win.”