Even after getting disfigured by current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, twice in the span of 10 months, Junior dos Santos says a fourth title fight between the two heavy hitters is inevitable.
That's despite the fact that Cain doesn't think another fight is necessary given the result of their previous two encounters. A persistent "Cigano," however, is determined to work his way up to another title fight against a man who knocked the memory out of him at UFC 166 last October.
His words to Tatame (via Bloody Elbow):
"I think I will meet Velasquez again in a title fight. He says I won't but I don't think so, I'm still the number one guy from the divisional rankings. Of course I won't fight for the belt so soon, but if Cain establishes himself as the champion and I obtain two or three wins, I believe we will meet again. He is a guy that I admire a lot. He was knocked out, learned with his mistakes, blocked my game and beat me. Now it's me who is trying to evolve."
After dethroning Velasquez at UFC on FOX 1 back in 2011 via first-round knockout, "Cigano" defended his 265-pound title against Frank Mir at UFC 146 before coughing it up to Cain at UFC 155 seven months later.
And after ending Mark Hunt's remarkable run at UFC 160, Dos Santos earned himself another crack against Cain. The result, however, was a mirror-image of the "Sin City" beatdown that occurred seven months earlier (highlights).
Nevertheless, the Brazilian bomber believes their paths will cross for a fourth time should he rack up a few impressive wins inside the Octagon.
But first, Junior needs someone healthy to step up and fight him.