Ronaldo Souza will make his first international appearance for the UFC in August.
"’Jacare’s’ next fight is scheduled for Aug. 2," Souza’s coach Josuel Distak told MMAFighting.com, "but the UFC has yet to tell us his opponent."
Distak wants an opponent that puts Jacare, No. 4 ranked UFC middleweight, in a title fight next.
"Any option from number one to seven is good for us," he said. "We’re ready for anyone."
Four of the top seven UFC middleweights are not scheduled to fight, including Luke Rockhold, Tim Kennedy and Gegard Mousasi, who fought Jacare before signing with the UFC. A win over any of them could earn Souza a shot at the 185-pound title against the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida, set for UFC 175 on July 5.
"We will steamroll whoever is in our way to the title," Distak said. "Vitor (Belfort), Luke, Mousasi, any of them. Whoever the UFC brings, Jacare will be ready to fight."