On Nov. 12, 2011, a new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight king was crowned when Junior dos Santos knocked out then-champion Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 to take his belt and his rightful place upon the throne.
Yesterday, the Brazilian hosted a UFC "Fan Q&A" session prior to the UFC 141 weigh ins. He was asked to make a prediction about how he thinks the fight between Lesnar and Overeem will play out.
Here's what he said:
"I think Brock's gonna win. I give 50-percent, each guy, for this fight. Alistair Overeem is very dangerous too, but Brock is more aggressive, you know? Brock has a different game. He's a huge guy. But I don't care about who's gonna be my next opponent. I just will give 100-percent of me to be prepared for them."
Originally, dos Santos and Lesnar were scheduled to meet inside the cage. As the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 13, they were supposed to fight in the season finale. Unfortunately, Lesnar was forced to withdraw, due to a second bout with diverticulitis.
Dos Santos talked about the original fight, its cancellation, and the possibility of taking on Lesnar again, in the future:
"I was supposed to fight with him (Lesnar) after the TUF thing. But, he got that problem (diverticulitis) again. But, he's tough, and I know he'll come back strong, now. Maybe, my next fight is gonna be against him. I don't know, but, I think so. I think it's gonna be against him."
Either way, dos Santos is not worried. He believes he has a distinct advantage over a lot of the bigger guys in the heavyweight division:
"I think the difference, my difference for them, is the speed. I'm faster than them, fighting. And I wanna keep it like that, because huge guys like Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem or even Frank Mir, they are very heavy but they are slow. And I can hit hard the same way they can do that."
Not that he's looking past the winner of "Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem," but dos Santos feels his time in the cage with Cain Velasquez is not done.
"The most dangerous fighter in the heavyweight division? For me, I think it's Cain Velasquez, because he's different. He has amazing stamina. He looks like a lightweight! He's good with jiu-jitsu, he's good with wrestling. He's got pretty good striking skills. So, I think Cain Velasquez is one of the most dangerous guys.
It happens, you know? I think he had the wrong strategy for the fight (against me). I know I'm gonna get another fight against him. I know that. They're gonna put him against someone here, I don't know who, but he's gonna beat that guy and then -- we're gonna fight again."
Do you Maniacs agree with him picking Lesnar? Is "JDS" destined for another bout against Velasquez?
Opinions are welcome!
Here's the video clip of Junior dos Santos' UFC 141 "Fan Q&A" session:
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