UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos entered his fight with Cain Velasquez in 2011 wanting a quick finish after suffering a nasty training injury just days prior. Dos Santos went in, dropped Velasquez, and walked out with the belt.
Now, the two heavyweight warriors will square off for a second time this December at UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II from Las Vegas.
Despite not seeing much of Velasquez inside the Octagon during their first meeting, “Cigano” knows he will be in for a challenge when they face off again.
“I consider (Velasquez) as my toughest opponent in the UFC,” said dos Santos, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “He is different. He is a really good wrestler. His ground-and-pound is very tough, so I don’t want to go to the ground to fight him. My first strategy is to fight on my feet and look for the knockout.”
Dos Santos did just that back in 2011, but did add that “if he takes me down and keeps me there, I am going to show you guys my jiu-jitsu. I am learning a lot of good things and maybe I can submit someone in the UFC, too.”
The Brazilian is known for his excellent boxing skills, has he has recorded 11 career knockouts in posting a 15-1 overall mark.