Number one UFC heavyweight contender Junior “Cigano” dos Santos was extremely frustrated to hear the news that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be out of action for 6-8 months with a shoulder injury. dos Santos has been on the shelf since August waiting for a chance to take on the heavyweight champion (he was guaranteed the winner of Lesnar-Velasquez after he defeated Roy Nelson at UFC 117) and the dismayed Brazilian told Portal do Vale Tudo recently that he will not wait for Velasquez to recover and that he is suspicious of whether or not Velasquez is legitimately injured. (Props to Fighters Only)
“I’m really outraged. How does a person leaves a fight versus Brock Lesnar in perfect physical condition and then get hurt without being in training? The last news I heard about Velasquez, he was riding in Mexico. How did he get injured?” asked “Cigano.” “I’m in the best moment of my career, training heavily and working hard to put on the fight of my life, and all of a sudden, this is postponed for eight months. That’s unfair.”
dos Santos told Portal that he wants to fight for an interim UFC heavyweight belt during Velasquez’s absence and that he is hoping to face Velasquez during the summertime when the UFC returns to Brazil.
“I’m five months without fighting, fighting is my life, not just because I love doing it, but also because I need to fight for a living. I don’t make as much money as the top fighters, so I really need to work” said dos Santos. “Of course it would be fantastic to face Velasquez at ‘UFC Rio’, in August, but I can’t keep myself one year away from the Octagon only waiting for his recovering… so I do think what would be most fair, would be Dana gives me the opportunity to fight for an interim belt.”
dos Santos’ professional record stands at 12-1 and he last appeared in action on August 7th at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen, where he defeated Roy “Big Country” Nelson by unanimous decision.