Junior dos Santos on urgency to stay active, why nobody wants to see Cormier-Lesnar fight

first_imgJunior dos Santos knows he’s more towards the end of his career than the beginning of it. The 35-year-old wants to fight as much as possible before he rides off into the sunset with his wife, son and soon-to-be daughter, who will be born in May.That being said, his last few outings have been solid. Since returning in July from serving a six-month suspension for small traces of the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, dos Santos has pulled off back-to-back wins over Blagoy Ivanov and Tai Tuivasa. Now, the hard-hitter from Brazil returns for the third time in eight months when he takes on fellow slugger, Derrick Lewis, in the main event at UFC Wichita on Saturday night. “The big difference was that Daniel Cormier has great wrestling skills, which allowed him to have control of the fight,” dos Santos explained. “And that’s what he did to Derrick Lewis. The ground game of Derrick Lewis isn’t that good. I can exploit that in our fight. You know me: I’m a knockout guy. I’m always looking for the knockout. And it’s not going to be different this time because it doesn’t matter who it is, I’m going to knock you out.” With the way dos Santos and Lewis fight inside the Octagon, it seems like whoever hits the other with the first heavy shot is going to be the one who is going to win the fight. You won’t get a disagreement from “Cigano” on the presumption, as he feels it will be he, not Lewis, on who will be the first to connect.”It’s the heavyweight division,” dos Santos said. “Whoever connects on that first shot is going to win the fight. People can expect a very good fight. They can expect speed, a lot of punches and a lot of power on those punches. I believe this fight won’t go more than two rounds. I’m going to finish him in the second round.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearA win over the most recent heavyweight title challenger should put dos Santos in prime position to earn an opportunity to face Daniel Cormier to become the first ever three-time UFC heavyweight titleholder. The division, though, is currently in flux. Cormier hasn’t fought since his November fight with Lewis and is currently healing from a hand injury. Expectations are that when Cormier returns that he will battle former champion and current WWE Superstar, Brock Lesnar, sometime this year. In an interview with Sporting News in December, dos Santos gave harsh criticism toward the rumored matchup. And the sentiment hasn’t changed, as dos Santos doubled down on his view.”I’m ready to fight for the title,” dos Santos tells Sporting News. “The only thing now is to see what the UFC wants. I know Daniel Cormier wants to fight Brock Lesnar, but nobody wants to see that fight. He’s the only one that wants that fight. Who else wants to see it? Brock Lesnar is a very big guy. Everybody says it would be an impressive fight. But it’s not fair for the sport. It’s not fair for the division.”Instead, dos Santos (20-5) has a better idea in mind for who Cormier should face in his next fight. Just don’t expect him to be waiting around on “DC.””I actually want to face Daniel Cormier,” dos Santos says. “He would be a fresh guy for me to fight. He’s done some really good things. It would be good for me to face him. The most important thing for me right now is to keep fighting. If I have to wait six months or one year to get a fight with Daniel Cormier, I don’t want that. I want to fight right now. Right now, I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis and then take off to see my daughter born. Then, I immediately want to fight again and get in a minimum two more fights this year.”Lewis got dominated from the opening bell by Cormier and lost via second-round submission at UFC 230. While viewing the fight, dos Santos saw a glaring hole that was too much for Lewis to overcome. Even though he knows it could be his best path to victory, dos Santos isn’t going to stray to what got him to be one of the elite heavyweights in the world.last_img

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