Number one heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos further proved his rightful place as the next challenger to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight strap by completely outclassing Shane Carwin over three rounds on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin.
However, UFC president Dana White believes that the Brazilian needs to shore up more holes in his game in order to be truly competitive against the versatile champion.
“He’s [dos Santos] going to have to get a lot more well-rounded [to beat Velasquez],” White said after the fight. “He said he’s going to work on his boxing? Dude, you better start working on your kicks, your punches, because Cain Velasquez does everything. He’s got cardio for days and the thing about Cain Velasquez is that he’s ‘The Terminator,’ man. He keeps coming forward and he does not stop until he finishes you.”
White said that, at the end of the day, dos Santos will prepare to face Velasquez however he sees fit, but that he may want to consider doing more than continuing to sharpen up his already stellar boxing skills.
“I’m not his coach or whatever, but I’m just giving my opinion,” said White. “But he’s going to have to work on a lot more than his boxing to get ready for this fight.”
There has been no date yet set for Velasquez vs. dos Santos, as the fight’s booking will depend on the champ’s ongoing recovery from shoulder surgery.