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Junior Dos Santos Staying Positive Despite Postponed Title Fight

Number one UFC heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos made his discontent known when it was announced that heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez would be out of action for at least the next 6-8 months to rehab a shoulder injury. Along with questioning the legitimacy of Velasquez’s injury, dos Santos explained that he would not wait for Velasquez to recover and would take a fight in the meantime. In a recent interview with Tatame (props to Fighters Only for the translation), a calmer dos Santos discussed his future plans now that his title shot has been put on hold.

“I was calm when I read a report explaining how [Cain Velasquez’s injury] had happened. That would be the fight of my life – and it will be, because if God wants, it’ll happen,” said “Cigano.” “Now its time to wait and see what UFC has for me.”

dos Santos’ decision to risk his title shot by taking a fight before Velasquez returns was motivated by the amount of time he will have spent inactive–his last fight was in August–and also by his need to make a living; the Brazilian slugger explained to Tatame that he has not yet reached the level in this sport where he can afford to take off for any long period of time without taking a hit financially.

“In the fight world, to make a little more, you have to be a legend as Wanderlei Silva or [Antonio] Rodrigo Nogueira or you have to be the champion and today I am neither one nor another but my objective is to be [the champion],” he said.

“Cigano” is obviously hoping to keep his title shot by defeating whichever opponent he takes on next, and he believes that the extra time to prepare and sharpen his skills will only benefit him in the long run when he finally gets the chance to take on Velasquez for the title.

“Looking on the positive side, it’s good because I will train more wrestling and jiu-jitsu to be able to surprise him but now I have to concern myself with the next adversary and I hope they [UFC] announce it soon,” said dos Santos.

dos Santos is a pupil under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and frequently trains with the likes of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He holds a professional record of 12-1 and has gone undefeated while fighting in the UFC, taking out the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson.