Junior dos Santos may not be fighting Cain Velasquez for the title in his next bout like he’d hoped and had been planning for, but “Cigano” was awarded with a similarly enticing position as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite one of the UFC’s biggest draws in former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar.
At this point, the show has been taped and is three episodes into its run, while dos Santos and Lesnar are preparing for their June showdown; one which will determine the next contender to Velasquez’s throne and which dos Santos recently told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani during an appearance on The MMA Hour he believes he will win by capitalizing on Lesnar’s glass jaw.
“He’s a wrestler, so he feels uncomfortable when people throw punches on him,” dos Santos explained, before referencing the former pro wrestler’s first round TKO loss to Velasquez. “I think his fight against Cain Velasquez shows good things for me, because I think he’s got a weak chin. I will try to use that, try to throw some punches and…try to use my boxing.”
Dos Santos broke down the fight in simple terms, asserting that the path to victory for both men is singular and clear cut, while also happening to be completely opposite. That is, dos Santos will be looking for a knockout and to avoid hitting the ground, while Lesnar will be trying at all costs to put dos Santos on his back.
“My wrestling is very good and I think it will be hard for him to put me down. I will be very prepared,” he said. “I will be in shape. I have to be one hundred percent in that fight. If he tries to put me down – for sure, he will try – but I will get up and keep the fight [standing]. That’s my way to win the fight. I’m looking for the knockout all the time.”
Dos Santos and Lesnar will meet in the main event of UFC 131, which is scheduled to take place this June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.