"The first step would [have been] the Brazilian championship, after he beat Cro Cop. He was the super heavy holder of the Bahia's team, but UFC scheduled his fight with Gilbert Yvel, so I had to take him off the team. His evolving is fantastic, he has one of the best boxing techniques of international MMA. If everything goes right, he will compete in this area and, who knows, in the future he can bring a few medals to Brazil... He is a phenomenon."
UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos has been in a bit of a holding pattern since his crushing knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on Versus 1 earlier this year. As he awaits his next challenge inside the Octagon in hopes of an eventual title shot, could "Cigano" have his sights set on other goals in the world of combat sports? In an interview with Tatame.com, Dos Santos' boxing trainer Carlos Dorea details Junior's recent efforts to get his boxing career started and goes so far as to suggest that he could become a future champ in the sport. Obviously Dos Santos' hands are what got him to where he is today in MMA, but would his skills in the cage easily translate to the ring? And do you think it's in his best interest to be spending so much time working on the one aspect of mixed martial arts that he is already so proficient at as opposed to developing a better all-around game? Let's hear some thoughts, Maniacs.