Here’s a scrap that makes absolutely no sense … On Friday, it was reported Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (pictured) has finally found an opponent in, wait for it, Tim Boetsch.
Newsday confirmed the 185-pounders will meet at UFC 208.
The news comes one day after Souza’s manager, Gilberto Faria, teased about posting a tongue-and-cheek ad on Craigslist to get his client a fight.
I am about to run an ad on Craigslist…..Looking for a middleweight fighter to fight @ronaldojacare at @ufc . We can fight as soon as February 11th #ufcbrooklyn please contact Mick Maynard or @danawhite for more details @arielhelwani @stephenquadros @guilhermecruzzzzz @raphamarinho89 @jdistak @rogeriocamoes @pedrorizzomma @gvenga @alonsopvt @canalcombateoficial
So, instead of sitting around waiting for a top-tier opponent, Souza, ranked third in the division, settled on a nothing-to-gain-but-a-paycheck bout with Boetsch, who currently is ranked 14 in the shallow weight class.
Souza was slated to face former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a top contender bout in November, but Rockhold was forced out with a back injury. Souza hasn’t been seen since dusting Vitor Belfort in May.
Souza, along with Yoel Romero and Rockhold, is a contender to challenge current champ Michael Bisping for the title, but Bisping is presently sidelined with a leg injury. The Brazilian is victorious in nine of his past 10 outings, with his lone blemish during his current run coming two fights ago against Romero.
Boetsch, meanwhile, appeared to be on his way out of the UFC prior to his current two-fight winning streak. “The Barbarian” had dropped six of eight, including three straight, before beating Josh Samman and Rafael Natal, respectively.
UFC 208 goes down February 11 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro
Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan
Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller
Jared Cannonier vs. Glover Teixeira
Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souaza vs. Tim Boetsch
Germaine de Randamie vs. Holly Holm (for inaugural women’s featherweight title)