To say that Jason Miller and Ronaldo Souza are familiar with one another would be a great understatement. In fact, their more than acquaintances. The two middleweight stars have faced one another on two separate occasions, with “Jacare” holding a decision win over the Kings MMA product, with the second bout ending in an anti-climatic No Contest, courtesy of an illegal kick thrown by Miller which resulted in a deep cut, which ultimately halted the bout.
Now that both men find themselves under the Strikeforce banner, with Ronaldo sitting atop the division as the reigning and defending middleweight champion, it would seem inevitable that the two dynamic fighters would eventually meet again somewhere down the line.
However, if the Brazilian had it his way, Souza would never like to step inside the cage with the “clown” ever again. Ever.
“You kidding me man? I beat this guy two times. No more!”, exclaimed a usually reserved ‘Jacare’ (during the post-fight press conference following his win over Robbie Lawler this past Saturday), who responded to the question of the potential on the third-meeting with Miller.
Scott Coker seemed a little more optimistic about the idea, stating that it would be something that they would most likely have to revisit somewhere down the line should both men continue on their winning ways. In fact, Miller is currently riding a two-fight win streak since a decision loss to Jake Shields when the two battled for the vacant middleweight title in November of 2009. Jason has since defeated Tim Stout in his last Strikeforce appearance in April of last year, via TKO inside of the first-round of their 185-pound fight, and he followed up the finish with an equally impressive submission win over mixed martial arts legend Kazushi Sakuraba in Japan last September.
Luke Rockhold still seems like a feesable opponent, however since he’s coming off of a shoulder injury, the promotion will likely not throw him into a title fight just yet, especially since he hasn’t recorded a signature win since his inception into the San Jose based promotion. Guys like Tim Kennedy and even Robbie Lawler will always be in the title mix, however both men have since come off losses to the champ and will need to rebuild their careers before garnering another shot at the belt. And don’t even get me started on Matt Lindland.
So, MMA peeps, what do you make of Souza’s comments? It would seem a little redundant for the two fighters to meet in the immediate future, both truth be told, who else cloud step in right now and face Souza for the title? The champ has stated he would like to return to action ASAP, and although Cung Le now comes to mind, it looks like he may be entangled in the movie business yet again. Sound off in the comment section below.