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Junior dos Santos Almost Healed, Hopes To Fight Overeem In Brazil

The timing of Anderson Silva’s grand return may be a big fat question mark again, but UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santo’s isn’t.

JDS recently told MMA Junkie that he’s almost healed up from his knee injury and expects to be ready to defend his title in about three months. He’d like to fight Alistair Overeem on the June Brazil card, but is willing to fight him anywhere.

“In another 20 days, I’ll be feeling 100 percent again,” Dos Santos said. “Then I need two-and-a-half (months) to do my camp, and then I’m ready to do.”

“It’s a good chance to fight for Brazilian fans,” he said. “MMA is very popular here in Brazil now. I would love to fight here. But the important thing is I want to make all my fans around the world watch good fights when I get in that octagon. So I will try to do my best. It doesn’t matter whether it’s [in Brazil] or the United States.”

The timing should work out well with his opponent assuming no other obstacles arise. After the Lesnar fight, Overeem said he wanted to take some time off and planned on challenging JDS for the heavyweight title sometime this summer.

Dos Santos says he expects a stand-up battle with Overeem and isn’t intimidated by his K-1 credentials. He’s the “UFC heavyweight champion,” and believes he can “beat anyone in the world.”

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