If Junior dos Santos has anything to say about it, his name will be atop the UFC’s heavyweight division for years to come.
Dos Santos is currently set to defend his UFC heavyweight title for the first time at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem later this year against Alistair Overeem. In a recent interview (thanks to FightLine.com for transcribing), dos Santos assures everybody that his goal is to remain champion after the Overeem bout, and for more to come.
My dream was to become the champion. The minute (UFC president) Dana (White) strapped that belt around my waist, my dream got bigger. I’m not here to be a one- or two-defense champion. I’m here to stay. On May 26, there’s going to be a heavyweight striking war and someone is getting knocked out.
Dos Santos claimed the title with a knockout victory over Cain Velasquez late in 2011. He has been sidelined since due to surgery on his knee suffered in training for the fight.
As could be expected, the UFC did not give dos Santos an easy opponent in his first title defense, as the heavyweight division is jam-packed with contenders. In “The Reem,” dos Santos will be facing a multi-talented individual. “Cigano” will have to show that he was able to remain in fight-shape against Overeem, or it could be a quick reign as UFC champion for him.
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