Although his heavyweight title bout with champion Cain Velasquez has yet to be officially announced, Junior dos Santos already has the odds stacked against him – literally.
Although 2Santos dons an impressive 12-1 record, with 11 wins coming via devastating finish, the Gambling Gods profess his inferior wrestling will be the death of him. Despite his jiu jitsu brown belt status, “Cigano” is expected to get carved up on the canvas.
While the Brazilian opens as nearly a 2-to-1 underdog, dos Santos isn’t fretting over his long shot status.
“Velasquez was never defeated, I will be the underdog for this challenge and I feel good,” he matter-of-factly told BJ Penn.com. “It was this way when I arrived where I am in UFC. A well-done basic preparation always provides good surprises. This is the biggest trump I have got.”
Junior owns some of the sport’s heaviest hands, but he understands he’ll need to unleash his entire repertoire if he’s to have Octagon gold wrapped around his waist.
“I believe in my boxing, overall. I would lie if I told you that I don’t think of fighting on the feet, [but] his win over Brock Lesnar was solid proof that force isn’t all. If we analyze the fighters who have arisen in the latest years and the fight’s level, I think we have the ideal balance between power and technique at last.”
Since manhandling “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” Velasquez has rightfully emerged as the sport’s newest flavor of the month. He owns a perfect 9-0 record, in addition to the bling-bling belt. The reigning 265-pound king has ended all but one of his scraps before the final horn has sounded.
The UFC has had dos Santos warming up in the bullpen since his win at UFC 117. Now it’s just time to make the call.
“I hope they confirm soon, I’m anxious. I can’t promise much, but I’m going to work to knock Velasquez out,” he added. “Wrestling is the key of the combat. Cain won’t wish to equal abilities, he will try to take me down and throw punches on the ground, then it’s good to get the timing and take advantage of it.
“The championship rotation is going to be huge. It’s a new era for the category and I will be on the top.”