Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza appears to be on his way to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as the Brazilian has signed a brand new five-fight contract with Forza LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa LLC, which is the parent company of the UFC.
Souza (16-3, 1 NC) will complete the final fight of his current contract on Jan. 12, 2013, at Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" where he is scheduled to face Ed Herman in a catchweight bout.
After the completion of that bout; win or lose, Souza's new contract will go into effect and transfer over to the UFC, where the Brazilian is expected to continue his career alongside several other imports from Strikeforce after the organization permanently ceases operations following the Jan. 12 event.
Gilberto Faria, Souza's manager, confirmed news of the fighter's new contract with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.
‘Jacare' was last seen in the cage last August when he knocked out Derek Brunson in just 41-seconds for his fifth victory in his past seven fights.
Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" goes down from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK., on Jan. 12. 2013. A welterweight championship bout between Nate Marquardt and Tarec Saffiedine headlines the event. Also on the card are notable names such as Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett and Gegard Mousasi.