Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has the chance to fight his way to a new contract, as he’ll become a free agent after UFC on FOX 24.
Souza, a former Strikeforce champion and top middleweight contender, meets Robert Whittaker from Kansas City on FOX. His manager recently told MMA Fighting that this marks the final fight on his current contract.
“We’ve been going back and forth (with UFC officials) for a while,” Gilberto Faria said. “We still have not reached an agreement on his value, but we will continue to talk after the fight. Our goal is to reach a new agreement shortly. The UFC middleweight belt is Jacare’s goal. With a good contract in place, we will keep fighting the best middleweight talents out there and earn the title shot.”
Souza is 7-1 over his last eight, all of which have come inside the Octagon. His only loss was to Yoel Romero via split decision last year.