Recently Dana White repeated that Anderson Silva will lock up another title shot, if he defeats Nick Diaz at UFC 183, but the manager of “Jacare” Souza believes the middleweight could throw a wrench in those plans.
White appeared on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight” this week, and the UFC President said if “Anderson wins, he can fight the winner of either Vitor or Weidman.” The latter is set to defend the middleweight title against Vitor Belfort on February 28th at UFC 184.
Well, that same night, “Jacare” Souza will battle fellow contender Yoel Romero. Although White seems pretty intent on giving Silva another crack at the belt, Souza’s manager, Gilberto Faria, recently told MMA Fighting.com the following:
“Dana is doing his job, which is to promote fights,” Faria said. “Anderson Silva doing a great fight and with his history, he could go directly to a title fight. It’s up to the top fighters of the division (like) Ronaldo ‘Jacare’, Yoel Romero,Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold, who are going after their chances for the title, to, when they fight, change Dana White’s mind. That can happen at any time.
“Dana is always there, close to the fence, seeing who’s who, reacting to every fight and to the crowd. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dana White announces Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ as the next contender on Feb. 28,” he furthered. “He makes the call and he will always do what he thinks it’s best for the UFC. At the end of the day, it’s Dana White’s job to promote fights and generate money for Zuffa.”
Now of course, White and the UFC have backed off title shot pledges in the past. So, one could envision a scenario where Faria could be right. What if Silva narrowly gets by Diaz on January 31st? What if the legend manages to outscore Diaz for a win, but takes a lot of punishment in the process? Or he receives a controversial nod from the judges? And, meanwhile, Souza storms through Romero in highlight reel fashion? If that were to happen, fans might not be on board with Weidman-Silva III or Belfort-Silva II…
At the end of the day, though, that scenario isn’t extremely likely is it? Based off what Romero’s shown in the Octagon, Souza could be in for a stiff challenge on February 28th.
UFC 184 will go down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and UFC 183 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena.