Big statements are thrown between two Brazilian legends. Ronldo Jacare Souza was recently quoted saying he feels like Anderson Silva doesn’t deserve his title shot due to past doping offences.
”In my (jiu-jitsu) days, I competed in the state tournament to earn a spot in the World Championship. If I didn’t win the state champion, I didn’t fight the Worlds,” Souza said. “(If I won), no one would jump the line. Now, because the guy has a name and everything… The reality is, Anderson is coming off doping, man. Anderson is out of the ranking. Do you understand that?”
UFC president Dana White revealed that Souza’s former teammate would be next in line if victorious against Adesanya at UFC 234 on Feb. 9.
Souza balked at the notion saying:
”You see s*its like that,” Souza said, “A guy jumping the fence to beat another one, and other s*its, and you… I think I’ll start doping, I’ll start doing a bunch of s*it, call everyone names. Maybe I’ll fight for the belt. But my conception is this, my principles and values are unnegotiable. If I deserve it or not, if they will give me (a title shot) or not, I won’t change. That’s the way I am and that’s my point of view.
”When Chris and I were going to fight, we respected each other. Everybody talked about our respect and everybody talked about our fight. What we do outside the Octagon, has nothing to do with what we do inside the Octagon. Inside the Octagon, Chris and I fought hard, we put our hearts in there to win, and that’s what people want to see. It’s not someone coming from doping, who is outside the ranking, who is famous because he’s one of the best in the world, to jump the line. The reality is everybody is seeing that and thinking it’s crap. And that’s the truth, it’s crap.”
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