With A Win, dos Santos Wants Shot At Cormier
Daniel Cormier’s road to retirement is not set in stone, as the UFC heavyweight champion has no set challenger for his next fight.
One person looking to jump to the front of the line is former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos.
dos Santos returns to the Octagon on March 9th against Derrick Lewis in the main event of the UFC’s event from Wichita, Kansas, in dos Santos’ third fight in eight months.
”Derrick Lewis just fought for the belt, he’s No. 2 in that ranking the UFC does, so it’s a great fight,” dos Santos told MMA Fighting. “It’s the type of challenge I was hoping for, it motivates us, so I’m happy. We’ll have a short camp this time, only two months, but it will be enough.”
When asked if a win over Lewis should yield him a title shot, dos Santos said: ”I haven’t thought too much about that, but I think so, yes. Derrick Lewis is ranked No. 2, so I think I can definitely fight for the belt after this win. What matters the most is getting good victories. I’m already qualified to fight for the belt, but we obviously need a winning streak to get there.”
”People want to see the best fighting for the title, and I think I’ll be on my way to the belt with this win,” dos Santos said. “That makes me happy because I know Cormier is planning on retiring soon and one of my goals would be fighting him before he retires. There are several important fights I still want to do, but since he’s retiring soon, it would be a challenge that would both motivate and excite me.”
”My goal is to become champion,” dos Santos told reporters. “With Cormier wanting to retire, I thought this fight would be very interesting. He’s an exceptional guy, a two-division champion. I wasn’t around in Fedor’s (Emelianenko) era, it would have been a great pleasure to face him, so I want to fight a two-division champion before he retires.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting