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Jacare Souza: I did better than Israel Adesanya — and I’m not even a striker

I think the kids these days call this “throwing shade,” which means someone will inevitably “clap back,” then we all explode like “Thunder” from Big Trouble in Little China.

Hey, one can hope.

Anyway, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender, Ronaldo Souza, positioned himself for a potential 185-pound title shot with his dramatic victory over Chris Weidman at the UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in New York City.

See the replay here.

But “Jacare” shared “Performance of the Night” honors with Israel Adesanya, another surging middleweight who punched (and kicked) his way into the title conversation by blowing out veteran bruiser, Derek Brunson (video).

Souza was not impressed.

”He did a nice job, but what he did, I did better, and twice — and I’m not even a striker — so what he’s saying makes no sense,” Souza told MMA Fighting about Adesanya calling for a title shot. “He’s talking crap. [He’s] good, excellent, has a phenomenal future, is a phenomenal athlete, has a good game. But he didn’t impress me, no, because I did better than him. Twice.”

Souza (26-6, 1 NC) holds two first-round knockout wins over Brunson.

Working against the Brazilian is the fact that he’s already lost to both Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum, who are scheduled to collide for “The Reaper’s” 185-pound title at UFC 234 on Feb. 9 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (details).

As for Adesanya, he remains unbeaten inside the Octagon, improving his record to 15-0 with 13 knockouts. “The Last Stylebender” is expected to get a major bump in the middleweight rankings when the numbers are released later today.

But whether or not it’s good enough for a title shot, remains to be seen.

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