Newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will not be making a quick turn around for his first title defense, as it was reported today that Cigano will be undergoing surgery to repair his injured knee.
Brazilian journalist Marcelo Alonso appeared on The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo today and revealed that dos Santos has confirmed that he will go under the knife.
Just eleven days prior to challenging Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight championship last weekend, the 27-year-old Brazilian tore his meniscus, prompting the use of crutches. Though he pushed through the injury so that he could fight for the title on the UFC’s Fox debut, dos Santos showed no ill-effect in the actual fight. He rocked Velasquez with an overhand right about a minute into the fight and followed up with a torrent of ground and pound that sealed the deal and forced the title to change hands.
When he returns from surgery, dos Santos will face the winner of the impending Brock Lesnar-Alistair Overeem contest – which goes down on December 30 at UFC 141 in Las Vegas – barring injury.
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos went down from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.