UFC heavyweight contender Junior “Cigano” dos Santos was announced as being the next fighter in line for a title shot before the last title fight even occurred and since Cain Velasquez ascended to the throne at UFC 121, it has been the idea that dos Santos will be the first to square off against Velasquez for the belt. Though it seems a foregone conclusion that “Cigano” will be fighting for the belt next, dos Santos himself recently told BrasilCombate.com that he won’t feel at ease until the fight is officially confirmed.
“I hope they [UFC] confirm soon, I’m anxious,” dos Santos admitted. “I can’t promise much but I’m going to work to knock Velasquez out.”
The Black House team member holds the utmost respect for Velasquez and acknowledged that the champ’s wrestling ability alone poses a serious threat, but that he feels comfortable in the underdog role as he has spent much of his career in that position.
“Velasquez was never defeated,” he said. “I will be the underdog for this challenge and I feel good so. It was this way I arrived where I am in UFC.”
Dos Santos gave Velasquez much credit for his very impressive title-nabbing performance against Lesnar and said that he believes the victory to mark a new period in heavyweight MMA represented by quick, technical heavyweights as opposed to hulking 265-pound powerhouses.
“That was a solid proof that force isn’t all,” dos Santos said. “If we analize the fighters who have risen in the latest years and the fight’s level, I think we have the ideal balance between power and technique at last. The championship rotation is going to be huge. It’s a new era for the category and I will be on the top.”
“Cigano” was last seen in action against Roy Nelson at UFC 117 this past August, where he earned a unanimous decision victory after dominating Nelson completely over three rounds. The 26-year old Brazilian striker is currently on a seven-fight winning streak including victories over Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko Filipovic, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga and Nelson.