Junior dos Santos has been jerked around almost as much as Rashad Evans.
The Brazilian slugger was set to face champion Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title, but that bout was scrapped when Velasquez was forced to undergo surgery for a shoulder injury he suffered in winning the title from Brock Lesnar.
Then, dos Santos was set to face Lesnar at UFC 131 in a bout that has been hyped by the currently airing season of The Ultimate Fighter, where the two serve as opposing coaches, but that bout was recently scrapped when Lesnar experienced a flare up of the very serious intestinal ailment diverticulitis.
“Cigano” may finally be settled on an opponent for his next fight though, as he is currently scheduled to keep his UFC 131 appearance, taking on Shane Carwin in that card’s main event. Dos Santos spoke about his latest opponent change to Sherdog.com.
“I got a little upset about this change, but I’m happy that the UFC got another opponent for me,” said dos Santos. “Carwin is an excellent fighter and deserves all my respect.”
With both men sporting records of 12-1 with most of their victories coming by way of knockout, dos Santos believes that the chances are slim of the bout going the distance.
“His boxing skills are great,” he said. “It’s gonna be a great fight with tough blows from both sides. I would say that it will end by knockout.”
Carwin and dos Santos will meet on June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in the main event of UFC 131.