There was a time when all Junior dos Santos wanted was a chance to get a rematch against either Fabricio Werdum or Alistair Overeem. But, his requests for those do-overs were shut down by the hard-hitting Heavyweight contenders, according to "Cigano."
Fast forward a few months, and "Cigano" has the last laugh, as he is now sitting pretty with a looming championship fight against current 265-pound kingpin Stipe Miocic, which will go down at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017, in Dallas, Texas (details).
So when asked about a potential rematch against "Vai Cavalo," all dos Santos could do was laugh it off, saying that his fellow Brazilian -- as well as Overeem -- only want to face him when it benefits them, and he won’t be giving them the pleasure anytime soon.
"Why am I going to fight this guy? He denied to fight me three times," dos Santos said. "He was ranked first in rankings and I thought maybe we could have a good fight. But now, he denied me three times and now I don’t want to fight him anymore.
"He don’t add anything on my career," he continued. "Let’s see in the future, but he denied me three times, and Overeem denied me twice. That’s what UFC told me. These guys just want to fight me when I am a really good thing for them. Other than that, then they don’t want me because they know how well I do during the fights. I am coming here to be champion again."
One opponent he would like to face again is Cain Velasquez, who holds two back-to-back brutal beatdowns over him. And while a fourth fight doesn’t really make sense, it may be inevitable should "JDS" win the title in "Big D."
"I think this is one of the fights I for sure want to do. I hope he can get better, heal from surgery. I want to fight him again," proclaimed dos Santos. "I feel like I have to go for fourth fight. After our third fight, Cain said it was the last time, but he was wrong. I don't know what’s going to happen in the future. I hope he does well because I am going to be very happy to face him again. Things are different now. It’s the moment of truth."
While it seems that the Heavyweight title race is nothing more than a carousel featuring the usual suspects, dos Santos admits he is happy to see some new faces on the horizon such as Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou, two big men he is excited to see inside the cage down the line.
First thing’s first, as he has some business to tend to with another rematch on the horizon against a man he defeated two years ago. This time, however, it will be for all the marbles, though he expects the same outcome
"Mark my words, I am going to be champion again," concluded dos Santos.
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