Set to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 208 on Feb. 11, two-time absolute world champion Ronaldo Jacaré talked to the press this week.
Just like the singer sings and the dancer dances, I’m a fighter and I want to fight. I’ve gone nine months without fighting. It doesn’t matter that Boetsch is ranked 13th — I respect my adversary and I will do my job.
Assuming he wins on the 11th, Jacaré is eyeing a rematch with Yoel Romero as his next step in his division. He talked about a strong blow Romero dealt him the first time around.
It was a blow that happened, but it was good. I proved I have heart and that I have blood in my eye, a strong chin. I see that Romero hits his adversaries and they fall knocked out cold. I came back and turned the fight around — everybody knows it. I managed to take him down, and he has Olympic-level wrestling. He grabbed the mesh — should have lost a point and didn’t. So I won that fight.
Jacaré also had some words about Demian Maia.
Demian is a magician of BJJ. He has been using BJJ masterfully. My style is totally different from his. We are BJJ guys, but Demian focuses more on grappling — he clings like a tick and won’t let go. But I move more; on the ground, I hit a lot. We have different styles, but we have BJJ as the base.