Junior dos Santos’ next fight was supposed to be for the UFC heavyweight title. Now that champion Cain Velasquez will be shelved for the next 6 to 8 months, the Brazilian is hoping for a shot at an interim belt.
Although injuries have become more prevalent as of late, the challenger was curious how the mysterious injury occurred. If Velasquez hasn’t been practicing since his destruction of Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, how did he get hurt?
“I’m really outraged. How does a person leave a fight versus Brock Lesnar in perfect physical condition and then get hurt without being in training,” dos Santos rhetorically asked Portal Vale Tudo (Translated by Fighter’s Only). “The last news I heard about Velasquez, he was riding in Mexico. How did he get injured?”
MMAFighting reported Velasquez banged up his shoulder during his October tango with Lesnar. However, he did not receive a medical suspension from the California State Athletic Commission following his effortless four minute and 12 second shellacking.
“Cigano” now finds himself in the same spot that Rashad Evans is currently in. Should he wait for Velasquez’s rotator cuff to heal or remain active and risk losing his No. 1 spot? The answer is simple. He can’t financially afford to ride the pine like the former light heavyweight champ is doing.
“I’m five months without fighting. Fighting is my life, not just because I love doing it, but also because I need to fight for a living. I don’t make as much money as the top fighters,” dos Santos explained.
With Velasquez sitting out at least the first half of 2011, UFC president Dana White has a decision to make regarding the heavyweight hardware. Dos Santos is hopeful Octagon brass will manufacture a temporary crown until Velasquez returns to unify the title.
“I do think what would be most fair, would be Dana gives me the opportunity to fight for an interim belt,” dos Santos expressed.