UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos thinks the ZUFFA matchmaking system is "out of order," because people like Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem can talk their way into title fights instead of earning them.
It's constantly out of order.
"Cigano" is referring to the recent announcement that Jon Jones will defend his 205-pound strap against Chael Sonnen, who somehow ended up with a title shot despite coming off a loss -- and never winning a light heavyweight fight inside the Octagon.
The Brazilian tells Fighters Only it's mouth over matter:
"It's kind of out of order. Nowadays, the UFC is prioritizing those fights which will sell well. A prime example of this was Chael Sonnen, who sold his fight very well. Overeem has followed the same path. But, for me, bring it on. I do not run from any challenge, I know I can beat anyone whatsoever. Come whoever comes, I will do my best to go out with a win in the Octagon."
Probably because "Demolition Man," who also got himself into trouble with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), likes to sell himself as the best fighter in the world in his weight class, despite being unable to prove it against the cream of the crop (yet).
"I mean, I'm somewhere around the ranks (of Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko). I'm on my way, five-years undefeated but of course you can't talk that much about yourself and I don't want to I think that's something for the people to decide by themselves, you know? I'm just here to build my legacy, I still have a lot of years left in me, I'm healthy, I have no injuries, I'm very motivated, I'm very happy now to be fighting for the UFC and working hard to create my legacy. For me, I'm just doing the thing I love every day."
According to UFC President Dana White, it's enough to earn the Dutchman a UFC title shot.
"Cigano" will defend his belt against Cain Velasquez at the UFC 155 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 29, 2012 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. If he wins, expect a fight against "The Reem" to come shortly thereafter. Then we can find out, once and for all, who can talk the talk and who can walk the walk.
And who can do both.