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‘Jacare’ Signs With Strikeforce; Could a Title Fight With Shields Be in the Works?

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According to, Brazilian middleweight standout Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, and will make his debut at an October 25th event in Fresno, California — reportedly the same event that will see Fedor Emelianenko‘s Strikeforce debut. Souza has spent the last five fights of his career competing for DREAM in Japan, where he made it to the finals of their middleweight grand prix before succumbing to a Gegard Mousasi upkick, and had two contentious fights with Jason Miller. After their last match ended in a no-contest due to an illegal kick, Jacare and Mayhem were scheduled to fight for a third time at DREAM.11 (October 6th, Yokohama) for DREAM’s middleweight belt. It’s unclear if that fight will still be happening, though Japan MMA hears a rumor that Paulo Filho will be stepping in for Souza against Miller.
Souza’s Strikeforce signing is particularly interesting because Scott Coker recently announced that Jake Shields will fight for the organization’s interim middleweight title in October. Shields’s opponent hasn’t yet been announced, and Souza’s first opponent hasn’t been named either. You don’t have to be a genius to figure this one out. The winner of the interim middleweight title fight will face Cung Le whenever Le feels like taking a break from his action movie career and stepping back into the cage.

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Kim Couture is a cunt- August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am
I dont know why I feel this way. But honestly, I could give a fuck about him signing with STRIKEFORCE.
Krazy Kracker- August 5, 2009 at 11:24 am
"I swear to God! I've SEEN it! Cris Cyborg Santos' dick is THIS BIG!!"
KidDinomite- August 5, 2009 at 10:19 am
Damn, Jacare signing with Strikeforce is huge!! They are indeed signing some top talent now. Provided he beats Shields, he'll definitely give Cung Le a run for his money... If he ever decides to defend the belt. I say Cung Le puts the title on the line 2-3 months after to whoever wins the interim belt. If he doesn't defend it, give it to one of these guys as any one of them will represent Strikeforce well, plus they'll fight a lot more.

Did Strikeforce already sign Gegard Mousasi? A rematch of their Dream battle would be awesome too.
J Akuma- August 5, 2009 at 7:30 am
Damn, strikeforce is looking pretty awesome, now!
RearNakedPoke- August 5, 2009 at 7:15 am
thats great! nice add SF!!! now keep adding more good fighters......
Chiggs- August 5, 2009 at 7:00 am
Sweet, awesome to see SF bolster some more to their Roster as Jacare makes for a wicked addition. I'll have to go with Jacare if he takes on Shiels for the title. As mentioned already, woudl rather see Diaz/Jacare Hieron/shields, but b oth with suffice.
Karma Elite- August 5, 2009 at 6:57 am
I like Jake Shields and all, but he needs to stay out of the middleweight division. He's a natural welterweight and should stay where he belongs. In my opinion, he should be fighting for the WW belt. So why not give Shields a title-fight for the WW belt against the winner of Hieron vs. Diaz? If you think that fans wouldn't want to see fellow "Scrap Pack"-ers fight each other (provided Diaz won), then you're insane.
Endocat- August 5, 2009 at 6:17 am