The stakes are high UFC middleweight Ronaldo Souza this weekend when he locks horns with Chris Camozzi in a co-headlining clash at UFC on FX 8. “Jacare” will enter the effort as the favorite based on his past accomplishments, plus the bout happens to be taking place in Brazil where Souza hails from.

Though Souza had to switch things up on short notice after original opponent Costa Philippou, the 33-year old recently told the UFC’s website he is confident he will come out on top despite the added pressure to perform.

“For sure it is a little difficult to prepare for someone and then fight a different guy. I was training for a 5-10 body frame person and now I am fighting someone with a 6-3 frame with more reach and it’s two weeks away, when my training is pretty much done. But it doesn’t change a lot; we have so many training partners at XGym, so I am used to training with all kind of bodies and shapes and I will always be ready to fight anyone.”

“It means a lot to me. Not only I will debut in the biggest event of the world, I will debut in Brazil. That pumps me up to be ready, to be more focused, and to put my emotions on the side and bring the action into the cage.”

“I still need a couple more fights to move up. It's a very tough division. They are all tough guys and any of them can put a great fight. But I see myself reaching the top of my division, step by step. I am aware of the responsibilities and challenges ahead of me and I am ready for it.”


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