Humble and gregarious young fighter Junior dos Santos has climbed from meager beginnings in Brazil to the pinnacle of mixed martial arts competition. Next weekend, he’ll vie for the UFC heavyweight title in front of an unprecedented audience on the UFC’s Fox debut, which is set up to air in sixteen different countries worldwide.
The 27-year-old Brazilian slugger has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be the deserving number one contender at heavyweight, having been nothing short of dominant during his seven-fight UFC career. Speaking during today’s UFC on Fox 1 media conference call, Cigano explained that he’s eager to face whom he describes as the best heavyweight in the world and is thankful to have been given the opportunity to do so.
“Truly I am very proud. I’m very proud to be a part of history. I’m proud of my work and I’m proud of myself and my dedication that’s brought me to this point. It’s very gratifying to be a part of all this, especially fighting against the number one heavyweight in the world, Cain Velasquez,” said dos Santos. “I truly believe that Cain Velasquez is the best heavyweight in the world, and he’s undefeated. So, it’s an honor to be fighting him. Come November 12, I want to be the number one heavyweight in the world and I’m just very thankful for the opportunity.”
Dos Santos and Velasquez will be facing off on November 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. FightLine will be back on the night with our live, ongoing coverage of the event.