The middleweight division has certainly gotten a lot more exciting as of late, with Anderson Silva being dethroned by Chris Weidman and several contenders emerging . Maybe one of the most interesting prospects in the division is Ronaldo Souza, who is one of the best grapplers in the world.
Souza took the UFC by storm when he faced Yushin Okami, getting the TKO in the very first round. Now Souza has the chance to fight for the belt if he can keep up his winning ways. It was recently reported that his next opponent would be Francis Carmont, who is also on an impressive winning streak as of late. This bout is set to take place on February 15 and will happen in Brazil.
This will be a huge middleweight bout for both fighters, and the winner certainly puts their name in the hat to challenge for the title currently being held by Weidman. On paper, this should be a fantastic matchup. Souza is arguably the best jiu jitsu practitioner in MMA, but he has been winning a lot thanks to his hands.
He has shown knockout power, making him a threat on the feet and on the ground. For Carmont, he is a well-rounded fighter who has shown to have some savvy grappling skills. He’s also a big middleweight who can force his will on his opponents. It will be interesting to see if he can deal with Souza’s grappling if the fight does indeed hit the mat.