"Soldier of God" walked away with a split decision victory but the majority of media outlets scored the fight for Souza. And, according to the Brazilian's manager, Gilberto Faria, Romero told his opponent that he thought Jacare was going to walk away with the victory.
Faria also said the former Strikeforce 185 lbs. champion was upset with Romero's "dirty" tactics and would like a rematch with the Cuban.
"We still have not digested the judges' decision," Faria told Ariel Helwani in a statement that was aired on UFC Tonight, per MMA Fighting. "Romero played dirty. If you look at the footage, he held the fence twice to avoid the takedown sequence in the second round and poked Jacare's eyes in the third."
It's not the first time Romero has been accused of foul play; his battle with Tim Kennedy at UFC 178 was marred with controversy after the Olympic silver medalist delayed answering the bell for the third round and received extra time to recover.
Souza vs. Romero was booked to determine the next contender for the middleweight title and it's expected that Romero will challenge newly crowned champion Luke Rockhold for his first title defense.
Souza reportedly would like to take on Chris Weidman if a rematch with the former Olympian doesn't materialize.
Weidman lost his championship to Luke Rockhold in the co-main event of UFC 194 in December. The loss marked the first blemish on Weidman's resume and the former champion is looking to return more motivated than ever to recapture the belt.