On the heels of what could easily be described as the most impressive performance of his career in a first round battering of Gabriel Gonzaga, Junior dos Santos says he’s “ready for a title shot”, and he’s calling out names on his way to the top.
In a recent conversation with Tatame.com, “Cigano” made it clear who he would prefer to face off with next.
“I’d like to fight against [Cain] Velasquez,” said Dos Santos.
“His wrestling is superior than mine, but I think I can surprise him on striking. I’d train a lot of ground game or this fight too, it could make some diference.”
When asked if his motivation to duke it out with Velasquez had anything to do with the undefeated heavyweight’s recent victory over fellow Black House trained fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Junior stated that the revenge is not his to be had, but Nogueira’s.
“It’s not about revenge, I’m cool with that, so does Rodrigo (Nogueira),” said Dos Santos. “I’d fight Cain for who he is, an undefeated fighter, a great fighter inside the UFC. I’d like to face him because of that. This revenge thing, I think Rodrigo can get that.”
While nothing has been announced by the UFC as of this writing, then revelation of a fight between Dos Santos and Velasquez in the near future seems to be more of a formality than anything else. The pair of fast rising heavyweight knockout artists are on an unavoidable collision course.