With one of the most impressive runs in the UFC’s heavyweight division to date, champion Junior dos Santos has already proven himself to be among the elite big men in MMA history. The 28-year old has emerged with his hand raised in all nine of his Octagon appearances with wins against a number of respected opponents including Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, and Cain Velasquez.
Despite his accomplishments, “Cigano” is far from content, as he recently revealed he’s now out to prove he isn’t in the conversation for the greatest heavyweight the sport has ever seen but the consensus #1. That quest will continue next month in his rematch with Velasquez at UFC 155, a fight he plans to finish similarly to the result of their original encounter.
“My dream was to become heavyweight champion and now my dream is to break records. I want to break all the records I can,” said a confident Dos Santos in a conversation with the UFC. “I’m training hard every day to go there and finish my fights, because I’m a heavyweight and heavyweights finish fights.”
“I really think I’m gonna knock him out again,” he continued. “It’s gonna be a little longer, maybe like the second or third round, but I think I’m gonna knock him out again.”
Dos Santos stopped Velasquez with strikes a little more than a year ago just 64 seconds into the scrap. He has only seen action a single time since, pounding Mir out last May. If he exits the bout with a win Dos Santos will tie the UFC record for consecutive heavyweight title-defenses and be one victory away from tying the overall mark for total instances of championship success in the division.
The full interview with Dos Santos can be seen below:
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