Junior dos Santos claimed the UFC heavyweight title in dramatic fashion, ending Cain Velasquez’ undefeated run with a first round knockout back in 2011. Now, “Cigano” has plans to continue his KO streak when he meets Alistair Overeem later this year. The bout has been rumored to take place May 26 at UFC 146.
“Overeem is really a tough, dangerous, heavy and really strong guy,” said dos Santos, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “I see him as a challenge. I really believe I can beat him. And as any fight, I’ll get there to knock him out. It won’t be different this time; I’m going there to knock him out.”
Dos Santos has been recovering from knee surgery, as he suffered ligament damage in training for the bout with Velasquez. He says his knee is healed and he has been able to return to his usual grueling training regimen.
“I know it’s not gonna be easy,” dos Santos said, of defending the belt. “From now on it’s a whole new work. My dreams are renewed. I want to be the heavyweight champion for a long time.”