UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta revealed to the L.A. Times that the company is looking to match UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez against top contender Junior Dos Santos on November 19th from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Velasquez is currently recovering after undergoing shoulder surgery to mend an injury he suffered in winning the belt from Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 last October. The American Kickboxing Academy-trained heavyweight partially tore his right rotator cuff in the bout.
Number one contender dos Santos further proved his rightful place as the next challenger to the title after dominating the heavy-handed Shane Carwin over three rounds this past Saturday night at UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin. Dos Santos was met in the cage by the champion after the fight, with Velasquez stating that he was “excited” to face dos Santos.
“Much respect for Cain Velasquez, but I’m coming for you,” dos Santos said to Velasquez after the bout.
“He showed awesome standup like he does in all his fights,” Velasquez noted. “He’s the No.1 contender. I’m excited to fight someone like this.”
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.