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UFC Quick Quote: Going through Brock Lesnar is a better path for Junior dos Santos


"Our first choice, and he rightfully deserves it, was to fight for the title, but considering that couldn’t happen, I think this is the next best thing that could have happened for his career. And in the long run, it might be a better path. To get the exposure that they’re going to get on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and then to fight a guy like Brock Lesnar, who is such a huge draw, I think it’s a pretty good solution to the problem.... You’ve got to fight to stay alive, he’s got to pay his bills. His last fight was in August and who knows when Cain would have been able to be back and fight. I think (Dos Santos) needs to stay sharp and he’s gotta not have any ring rust."

-- Interim titles? UFC don't need no stinking interim titles, not when it has a box office behemoth called Brock Lesnar. Ed Soares -- the manager for number one heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos -- tells that his fighter is thrilled to coach opposite Lesnar and then fight him shortly after the mixed martial arts reality series concludes. My how things have changed. That's because Lesnar brings more money and exposure to the table than any fighter in the sport today, including the man who did a smash and grab on Lesnar at UFC 121, division champ Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos punched his ticket to a title shot against "Brown Pride" with a decisive decision win over Roy Nelson -- the sixth straight victory for the hard-hitting Brazilian inside the Octagon. But a bum rotator cuff sidelined the undefeated American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product until later this year, creating a pretty big problem within the suddenly shallow division. Or so it seemed. So how do you solve big problems? With a big Brock, apparently. Cha-ching!

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