Although Junior dos Santos was less than 30 minutes removed from winning the biggest fight of his life, the UFC’s new heavyweight king was asked to predict who his first title defense would come against.
The Brazilian understands that playing the prediction game doesn’t benefit him because if the fighter he says will lose, actually wins, then he’s provided extra motivation for his future foe.
Brock Lesnar (Pictured) and Alistair Overeem will battle it out on December 30th at UFC 141 to determine who gets first dibs at his throne. While he believes it will be a hotly-contested bout, dos Santos thinks the former WWE superstar will walk away victorious.
“I never choose any opponent, so it doesn’t matter [who wins],” dos Santos said at the post-fight presser. “I’m not thinking about that now. I want to go back to Brazil and make a big BBQ for all my friends and training partners.
“But, of course, I will be watching the fight. I don’t know [who will win], but I think I’ll go with Brock.”
Dos Santos revealed after Saturday’s upset victory over Cain Velasquez that he entered the scrap with a torn meniscus in his left knee. “Cigano” is expected to visit a specialist to determine whether he will require surgery, but he is hopeful some R&R and additional rehabilitation will do the trick.