Dos Santos Looks For Reset In 2020
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos looks for a fresh start in 2020 following a year that saw him toppled by Francis Ngannou and a bacterial infection that pulled him from facing Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC’s return to Moscow.
Now, on the eve of his return to action against top challenger Curtis Blaydes in the main event of the UFC’s next fight night in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dos Santos refuses to let it get him down.
“Sometimes, you know, it’s not your day – things don’t happen the way you want,” Dos Santos told MMA Junkie during Wednesday’s open workouts. “And what? Are you going to cry for that? C’mon. Keep moving forward – that’s what I’m doing. I believe in me. I can see the truth I see in my head. You guys would be amazed, and that’s what I’m trying to show you guys. That’s why I am here. I really believe I deserve the top of this division, and I will get it. I got there once, I’ll get there again.”
“I was coming from two, three great victories and supposed to fight for the title again, and then I got someone who is coming from a good moment, too, with a lot of power. Francis Ngannou has a lot of power. He got the victory that night – he was better than me that night. But I am here to have that rematch and prove that I am better than him.”
“I think they both are phenomenal fighters, but I don’t think they should do this fight now,” Dos Santos said of a potential trilogy between Daniel Cormier and current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
“I think they should fight again (against other opponents), so then they could have this third fight – because it doesn’t really make sense. But it is on the UFC. Whatever they say they, we have to follow. But I don’t think it is right. I think they should do one more fight, then fight again if they keep the position they earned right now.”