"What I want to hear is ‘the NEW UFC heavyweight champion,' that's what I want to hear. I sometimes imagine Bruce Buffer saying that, and it gives me motivation. Becoming the champion is a dream so big that I could never have imagined it."
That's an excerpt from Nov. 11, 2011, just one day before Junior dos Santos did what he set out to do since the first day he stepped foot inside the Octagon: Become UFC heavyweight champion.
Now that dream has been realized, with a violent 64-second stoppage over Cain Velasquez at the UFC on FOX event this past Saturday night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
In a promotion whose tagline is "as real as it gets," "Cigano's" victory was about as big as it gets. Not only did he win the heavyweight title against one of the sport's finest athletes, he did it in front of a record-breaking audience on network television.
The Brazilian boxer worked very hard to get the belt and he's not ready to let it go. Or take it off, for that matter. Not even to go to bed, according to his wife (via SporTV):
"He doesn't leave the belt's side. I spoke to him five hours after the fight and he was lying on the bed of the hotel (getting ready to go to sleep), with the belt."
It's impossible to hear of Junior's devotion to the title and not recall the hilarious Tim Sylvia interview with Sherdog's Savage Radio Show, where "The Maine-iac" admitted to leaving the strap around his waist during coitus.
"I've had sex before with the belt on. That was back in the Ricco Rodriguez days. The night I won the belt I had a sexual experience with the belt on, but hey, I was 25 years old and it was the biggest thing that ever had happened to me in my life. The girl was like, ‘Hey, are you going to take that thing off?' and I said ‘No, I'm not. I'm wearing it and if you have a problem with it, then I'm leaving.' I hate to say it, but if I do win the belt again, then this time it's never coming off. I'm going to wear it a lot more."
Dos Santos is heading back to Brazil to recuperate from a knee injury he suffered prior to his UFC on FOX title fight. That means he's likely to be stuck at home with lots of downtime.
Be on your guard, Mrs. JDS!