"Cigano," the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, is very confident in his fists once he steps inside the cage. Of the Brazilian bombers nine victories inside the Octagon, six of them have come via knockout (KO) or technical knockout (TKO).
He also has one submission victory coming by way of punches, thanks to his non-stop onslaught on Mirko Filipovic at UFC 103, which forced a verbal tapout from "Crocop."
But, as he prepares to face Mark Hunt at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Junior knows just how dangerous "The Super Samoan" can be when he starts unloading his K-1 level striking attack.
That's why Dos Santos told MMA Fight Corner if things start to get a little "weird" on the feet, he will have no issues taking the fight to the ground.
"He's got a lot of power in his punches, I think it's going to be pretty tough for me. I think I am faster than him. I think I am more complete than him. So, I learn a lot of things in my last fight and during my career. I know it's MMA and you have to be ready to fight anywhere. So that's how I will be for my next fight. I'll be ready to fight anywhere and if I feel weird fighting standing with him, I'm going to take him down."
Hunt earned the right to face Dos Santos after "Cigano's" original opponent, Alistair Overeem, had to bow out of their proposed fight due to injury.
And as far as Junior is concerned, he no longer has much to say about "The Reem," who is a "joke" that was put in his place by his good friend Antonio Silva at UFC 156 for talking too much, according to the former champion:
"I don't have too much to say about him. He's a joke. He says a lot of trash things, you know. He's a disrespectful guy and I think his last fight, my friend 'Bigfoot' Silva put him in his place."
Hunt, meanwhile, has punched his way to the top of the UFC's heavyweight division and is seemingly one victory over Junior from challenging for the world title (says this person) in what has truly become the Cinderella story of mixed martial arts (MMA).
But will it have a happy ending?
What say you, can Hunt match Dos Santos punch-for-punch when the two strikers square off in "Sin City?"