UFC Fight Night 36: Jacare Souza hasn't done anything at 185 and still has a lot to prove

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With a short list of title contenders, Ronaldo Souza could find himself closer to the 185-pound title than he cares to admit. And if he gets by Francis Carmont, perhaps he will face the winner of Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans have been wondering when former Strikeforce 185-pound champion Ronaldo Souza is going to be fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title, which is currently up for grabs next month in "Sin City."

Souza isn't.

The Brazilian appears to be in no hurry to jump to the front of the line, despite a successful transition to the Octagon earlier this year, which led to a speedy submission win over Chris Camozzi, followed by a stunning first-round knockout over former division number one contender Yushin Okami.

"Jacare" tells MMA Fighting he still has something to prove.

"If I win this fight, there's a chance that I fight for the title next. Anything can happen. I just want to get there and fight. If they give me the opportunity to fight for the title next I'll accept it, of course, but I have no idea if it's going to happen or if I'm going to wait. I just want to fight. I haven't done anything in my division yet. I still have a lot to prove in the middleweight division, and I can't focus on other division now. I have a big challenge in front of me and there are a lot of fighters I still have to fight at 185."

Souza turns 34 in less than a month.

Hoping to prove he's still wet behind the ears is fellow streaking contender Francis Carmont. "Limitless" (22-7) has been asked to face off against "Jacare" (19-3) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36, which takes place on Feb. 15, 2014 from Jaragua do Sul in Santa Catarina, Brazil (details).

And it's hard to imagine a finish over the Frenchman doesn't -- at the very least -- put him "in the mix."

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