The UFC Heavyweight Championship changed hands Saturday night for the second time in as many years, as hungry challenger Cain Velasquez unseated Brock Lesnar from his heavyweight throne via first round TKO. Velasquez won’t have much time to rest though, as another hungry contender is waiting in the wings looking to shake the division up again and force the title to change hands. That man is Junior “Cigano” dos Santos and, in a recent interview with Tatame.com, the Black House team member congratulated the new champion for his masterful performance but promised to come forward as hard as he can in his own quest for the belt.
“It was a very exciting fight to watch, I was there and it was beautiful to see,” dos Santos said of Velasquez and Lesnar’s UFC 121 headlining bout. “The willingness of Brock Lesnar as the fight began, as he went for it… But, in my opinion, he got tired. Cain Velasquez was smart enough and showed superiority, was calm enough to wait for the right moment and chance the picture and win by TKO.”
Dos Santos revealed that he actually met Velasquez, his next opponent, after the fight and offered him deserved congratulations for his big win.
“They usually make an interview with the winners live on ESPN, right after the event, and they called me too,” said “Cigano.” “I’ve met Velasquez and congratulated him. He deserves to be known as the number one today.”
The heavyweight knockout artist gave Velasquez all of his due respect, but promised to train and fiht as hard as he can in his own pursuit of the title.
“Yes, he deserves, but I’ll give my best, even a little more than that, to take his belt away and bring it to Brazil on my waist,” said dos Santos. “I’m coming back to Bahia, I’ll keep my trainings and soon, when I know about the fight’s date, I’ll go to the United States to do my camp. I have the Wrestling guys there to help me, so I have to train hard to get this belt.”
There has been no date set yet for dos Santos’ title shot against now-champion Cain Velasquez, but it is clearly a bout that promises to deliver fireworks.