Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will get the shot to get his belt back from Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 166 this weekend in Houston. As a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani today though, the subject switched to boxing. In the past JDS has stated that he'd like to compete in boxing against the two most dominant heavyweights in the world, brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. And he thinks he can beat them if he has enough time to prepare:
"I’ve said that sometimes," dos Santos said. "I’m a boxing guy. I love to box with my training partners and everything but now everybody is saying this, everybody wants to fight with boxing guys. It’s become not sincere. When I say that, I’m sincere."
"I think if they give me four months to get prepared, I can beat them," he said. "In the beginning of my all my camps, I do just boxing. I love to train boxing and I think I have enough skills in boxing. I know how to see a good fight. Four months, that’s what I need."
He also said that he's mentioned it do UFC president Dana White before, and he will again:
"I did talk to Dana but just a little bit once," he said. "It wasn’t very serious. Next time, maybe I’ll do that."
Despite publicly shooting down Anderson Silva's idea of boxing Roy Jones numerous times, White did at least try to talk to Jones recently about the idea. That was hijacked when Jones was linked to a boxing match with Bellator's Quinton Jackson though. Could we see JDS against a Klitschko one day? I wouldn't count on it, but who knows.