The last time Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza came to New York, it was to show that he could be ready as a last-minute replacement for a middleweight at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in November.
This time, he’s coming to New York with a fight already scheduled.
Souza, the No. 3 ranked middleweight in the UFC, will fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 208 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 11, UFC officials said.
The booking comes a day after Souza’s manager, Gilberto Faria, posted a fake Craigslist ad on Instagram seeking an opponent for Souza.
Souza (23-4, 6-1 UFC) last fought in May when he stopped Vitor Belfort in the first round at UFC 198.
After losing three in a row, No. 14 Boetsch (20-10, 11-9) has put together back-to-back wins with stoppages of Rafael Natal and Josh Samman. The first-round TKO of Natal came at UFC 205 at the Garden.
UFC 208 also features the inaugural women’s featherweight championship fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.