Junior dos Santos is chomping at the bit to get a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s title, but he’ll first have to get past the heavy-handed Shane Carwin.
Originally scheduled to face former champ Brock Lesnar next Saturday at UFC 131, dos Santos was given a bout with Carwin — a former interim heavyweight champ — when Lesnar experienced a resurgence of the intestinal ailment diverticulitis. Both dos Santos and Carwin are known for their devastating hands and share a remarkably similar record: both men sit at 12-1, with Carwin owning seven victories via KO/TKO and dos Santos eight.
Speaking during the UFC 131 media conference call, dos Santos revealed that he will do his best to keep the fight standing, but that he is prepared to fight off of his back should Carwin, a NCAA Division-2 champion wrestler, look to take the fight to the mat.
“Me and Shane Carwin are good standing fighters,” dos Santos said. “I believe so much in my boxing. My boxing bring me here until now, and I feel very comfortable fighting on my feet. So I will try to keep this fight standing, but I’m ready to fight wherever I need.”
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