Following his devastating TKO win over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on Versus, Junior dos Santos made his pitch to be the heavyweight top contender.
He owns a dominant 11-1 MMA record and finished in all of his wins. The 25-year-old is currently riding a six-fight winning streak.
Although his resume is impressive, there are others in the division that are just as deserving of a title shot as dos Santos. After Frank Mir and Shane Carwin battle this Saturday at “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” for the interim championship, a lot of questions should be answered in terms of pecking order…
Or they may not as you must also throw Cain Velasquez’s name into the heavyweight hat alongside Mir, Carwin and dos Santos as well. It was only one month ago Veleasquez submitted his application for a chance at UFC gold after he posted a vicious TKO win over MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110.
“They’re all going to fight,” UFC president Dana White said of his extensive heavyweight roster at the UFC on Versus post-fight presser. “All these guys in that lineup are going to fight, but we’ve got to figure out how it’s all going to go down.
“Mir and Carwin are going to get this thing started. We’ll see what happens there, and the great thing is, we’re a week away from that.”