SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Junior dos Santos arrives at the TUF Australia Launch Party on July 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
UFC Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos looks to tie the title defense record set by Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar. At UFC 155, Dos Santos will attempt to defend his crown for the second time against Cain Velasquez. Cigano actually took the belt from Cain at the inaugural UFC On Fox event. At UFC 146, Velasquez picked up a dominant and bloody win over Bigfoot Silva to earn his rematch against the champ.
In an interview with Tatame, Junior Dos Santos explained his thoughts on the matchup:
I really don't go out there fingering people, so it doesn't matter who I'm fighting next. They have chosen Cain Velasquez... I haven't signed the contract but there's gotta be it. I guess he's the number two of the division. Of course that, as a champion, I'm number one, but I'm sure he comes right next to me and I guess he deserves this rematch he's having
What 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 and, since I prefer to stand-up, 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 and who knows? 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
Dos Santos' last bout was also at UFC 146 against former champion Frank Mir. Junior dispatched Mir with apparent easy in a second round KO. Since then there's been some question of who he'd fight next. Alistair Overeem took a lot of the limelight off Velasquez for a while, but his issues with the NSAC kept him from the bout. Although the bout isn't official yet, Dana White has declared that Cain will fight Junior next. The two will face off at UFC 155 on December 29 in Las Vegas, NV.