The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos featuring former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and top contender Junior dos Santos coaching a cast of fourteen welterweights premieres at the end of this month. Upon the conclusion of the season, Lesnar and dos Santos will square off in the cage to determine the next heavyweight contender at UFC 131.
Dos Santos was scheduled to face the man who dethroned Lesnar, Cain Velazquez, but a shoulder injury currently has the champ on the shelf and indefinitely pushed back his fight with dos Santos. “Cigano” explained in a recent interview that he chose not to rust while Velasquez recovered simply due to the amount of time he would have to spend out and also because of he was offered a coaching spot on TUF.
“I was to fight Cain Velasquez but he got hurt in the shoulder and is gonna stay out for one year. It’s too long to wait,” he said. “Then I got approached to film ‘TUF’ and I said yes in the same instant.”
Dos Santos predicts that he will be able to hurt Lesnar based on the former champ’s recent bouts against Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, in which he was stumbled by heavy shots.
“[Lesnar] shows he doesn’t have a good chin to accept punches,” said dos Santos.
“I think I am faster than him, so I will try to use my speed, throw some punches and try to keep the fight standing up to win…,” he continued. “I’m going to give all that I have to try to knock him out, for sure.”
The Ultimate Fighter 13 will begin airing on March 30th on Spike TV. While not officially announced, UFC 131: Retribution is expected to take place on June 11, 2011 from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.