Ronaldo Souza's trainer, Josuel Distak, recently expressed his desire to see "Jacare" go toe-to-toe against Dan Henderson inside the Octagon while waiting for his middleweight title shot, which is expected to come at some point in 2015.
Distak wants the fight to take place in the light heavyweight division in order for Souza to avoid a grueling and unnecessary weight cut down to 185 pounds. Thanks, but no thanks, says "Hendo's" jiu-jitsu trainer, Ricardo Feliciano.
As he recently told Sherdog, if "Jacare" wants to tango with the mixed martial arts (MMA) legend, let it be worth Henderson's time, too, and have it take place at 185 pounds and give Dan the chance to steal Souza's shine.
Furthermore, Feliciano heeds a warning to Team Souza, telling them to be careful what they wish for.
"With all due respect to Jacare, Distak is putting him in a bad spot. I think Distak just motivated ‘Hendo,' who will now give everything he has in training. Dan Henderson hasn't fought since [May], and he is willing to come back in January. That's [been] his plan since his last fight. For now, he's been coming to the gym three or four times a week to keep in shape. Fighting ‘Jacare' would be a huge motivation since he is about to get a title shot. I can't see a reason for it to be a light heavyweight bout. If he wants to fight Hendo, let it be at 185. If you ask for a fight, you have to assume some sort of responsibility, or be careful what you ask for."
Coaches and trainers calling for fights with barely a peep from the combatants themselves.
Souza is expected to take on the winner of the upcoming title fight between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort, which is expected to go down in early 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But now that Team Henderson has accepted the challenge, albeit with an added stipulation, it's time for Distak to try to get out of the "bad spot" he put his pupil in.
There seems to be a lot of that going on on these days.