JDS Wants Title Shot And Wilder Fight
Junior dos Santos counts Francis Ngannou lucky that they did not fight when they were scheduled to in 2017.
dos Santos, a former UFC heavyweight champion, had his fight with Ngannou cancelled after the Brazilian was fouind to have failed a USADA test prior to their fight., and feels Ngannou’s hype train would have ended earlier if he tested clean.
“The truth is that was good for him. Because if he had to fight me at that time, he wouldn’t have fought for the title,” dos Santos stated when speaking to MMA Fighting. “He wouldn’t have fought Miocic because I would have beat him that time. Now it’s going to happen finally.
“He wants this fight. I want this fight, too. Everybody is talking about this guy and he’s the biggest challenge in the heavyweight division right now. That’s what most people think. So that’s the fight I want.”
“He has a lot of power. If he connects a good punch on you, you’re out,” dos Santos said of Ngannou’s skills. “That’s 100 percent sure. But too much power without the right control is useless,” dos Santos said. “So I’m going to take the best of Ngannou and if he’s not ready to show me his best, he’s going to get knocked out. I’m going to come to knock him out for this fight.
“I believe I have more skills than him. I have better boxing. I know he was talking about even fighting in boxing. This could be a good chance for him to have a boxing fight because I’m not going away from the standup game with him. I’m ready to stand up and bang against him. I hope he’s ready for that, too. Because I’m sure the fans will love it. I can knock anyone out in this division and Ngannou is going to be the next guy. I even have enough boxing to beat boxing champions.”
With a win, dos Santos hopes that he will get another shot at the UFC heavyweight title, looking to gain back what he lost in 2012, and potentially fight the champion from another sport.
“Back when I was the champion in 2012, I challenged Wladimir Klitschko, he was the champion at that time, and I said I would beat Wladimir Klitschko in a boxing match but of course I’m not a good promoter like Conor McGregor and he got the fight against [Floyd] Mayweather,” dos Santos said. “Klitschko actually replied to me, he said anytime, anywhere, something like that. But then I lost my belt, I lost the fight to Velasquez and I lost the belt so it didn’t make much sense anymore to promote that fight.
“Now my biggest goal is to go back, fight for the title in the UFC, take the belt back and then start promoting a fight against one of the boxing champions.”
“I think and I already have this idea in my mind who it could be. It could be Deontay Wilder because everything I see about Deontay, he’s a great champion, he knocks everybody out and he doesn’t run away from a good match,” dos Santos said. “He accepts all the matches. Some of the guys pick fights but this guy is not picking fights. He’s fighting everybody. So I think if we have a good match and we are able to make people want to see that fight and there’s a chance it could happen.
“I’ve been watching him for a long time. I actually admire him. His boxing skills are different but I think that’s the perfect match for me. I can see many, many holes in his game. Can you imagine I’m not worrying about no takedowns, no kicks, no jiu-jitsu, only boxing. That would be paradise for me.”