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Junior dos Santos in now 7-0 inside the Octagon with five brutal stoppages and recently beat the brakes off Shane Carwin for three full rounds at UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" on June 11 in Vancouver to solidify his status as division number one contender.
But according to UFC President Dana White, he's still got a lot of work to do.
That's because "Cigano" will have to overcome reigning title holder Cain Velasquez later this year if he hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming UFC champion.
And as White points out during the UFC 131 post-fight press conference (via ESPN.com), it will take more than just boxing to dethrone the champ:
"I think he's going to have to get a lot more well-rounded. He said he's going to work on his boxing. Dude, you better start working on your kicks and your punches. Cain Velasquez -- he's got cardio for days. He keeps coming forward and he does not stop until he finishes you. I'm not [dos Santos'] coach, but I'd have him work on a lot more than his boxing to get ready for this fight. He's going to have his hands full. All these guys he's been beating have been fighting him early and then he gets to lay back. He's not going to be able to sit back [against Velasquez]. It's going to be five rounds with Velasquez and he'll be in his face every minute."
The surgically-repaired Velasquez is undefeated in nine trips to the Octagon.
Surprisingly, he shares no mutual opponents with his Brazilian challenger and usurped the title with a first round drubbing of Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 back in October 2010. His only bout to go the distance was a unanimous decision win over Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 in a fight that saw him on rubber legs in the opening round.
Can he use his wrestling and cardio to repel the onslaught of Dos Santos? Or will he chow down on a knuckle sandwich come fight night? And what's your take on White's assessment? Does he sound anti-Junior? Or is he just keeping it real?