Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Where have we heard this before? UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos wants to knock Cain Velasquez out, of course, but he says he'll be ready once the fight goes to the floor, too.
Second verse, same as the first.
And like every other fight in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, "Cigano" is also claiming he'll be more than ready if he's taken down, a strong possibility considering he's taking on Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 155 on Sat., Dec. 29, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"That time it was perfect for me. My first strategy is always to knock my opponents out and I will try to do that again. I know Cain Velasquez, I respect him a lot. He's really tough. But I will give my best to win this fight, it doesn't matter where. Of course I want to knock him out but if the fight goes to the ground, I will be ready to submit him too. For sure (I think I can beat him on the ground), I train a lot of jiu-jitsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I'm working on my takedown defense. I know he's a really good wrestler and he's going to try to take me down and use his ground-n-pound where he's very good but if the fight goes to the ground, I'm ready. Like I said, I'm ready to submit someone to really show how good I am in my jiu-jitsu."
The first time these two met, it took just 64 seconds for the Brazilian to do what he's always done and knock his opponent out at UFC on Fox 1 late last year. Although it seems unlikely, anyone think he can pull a repeat performance?
If he does, it's likely Alistair Overeem will be awaiting him. To that end, his opinion remains unchanged on how deserving the deadly Dutchman is of a title shot, but dos Santos wants to take him out anyway, so what the hell.
"Actually, Dana White, the President of the UFC, already said the winner from me and Cain Velasquez is going to fight Alistair Overeem. I don't think he deserves to be fighting for the title because he failed the drug test. But I want to fight this guy because he said a lot of things and I want to fight with the best. If he thinks he's one of them, I want to fight him."