UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wants to send a message.
Dos Santos, who is rumored to be facing former champion Cain Velasquez in December, defeated Velasquez last year for the belt.
While “Cigano” would much rather face ex-Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem, that bout will have to wait. And dos Santos is content with that decision for now, as he discussed Velasquez in a recent interview with the Brazilian news outlet Tatame.
It’s a good fight and everybody expects a war even because when it comes to conditioning and preparation, Cain Velasquez is one to look up to. I’m sure it’s going to be a good fight for all MMA fans. I hope I get off there with the knockout again. That’s my main goal when I fight: knock my opponent out.
Dos Santos (15-1) was successful in his first title defense earlier this year, stopping former champion Frank Mir.
While dos Santos gave plenty of credit to Velasquez in terms of prep work, don’t think for a second that the Brazilian isn’t working the tapes just as hard as the jabs.
When I can tell you is what I’ve been doing on my preparation. I guess he’s trying to take me down anyway he can. Since I prefer to stand, I’ll try to keep actions up and go for the knockout again. I’m very well prepared, training a lot of ground game, too. If he takes me down, maybe I can submit him. After all, I train jiu-jitsu a lot, and, as a Brazilian, someday I’ll submit someone.
Velasquez defeated Antonio Silva to secure a rematch with dos Santos.
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