Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (18-4) says that if he recaptures the gold, opponents have to wait in line for a title shot.
Dos Santos faces heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (16-2) in the main event of UFC 211 on Saturday, May 13 on pay-per-view from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
It is the second meeting between the two, with Dos Santos coming out on top by way of decision the first time.
Dos Santos joined The Roman Show with Rodolfo Roman, and he said that he’s been frustrated recently. He last fought in April 2016. The battler had some potential opponents lined up, but they dropped out. That’s why he feels, as champion, upcoming foes should line up for their title shot.
“Get back in the line and wait for your chance,”said dos Santos, who trains at American Top Team in (South Florida) Coconut Creek. “I was upset. But now it doesn’t matter. I am fighting the best heavyweight, and I’ll beat him.”
Dos Santos is coming into the fight in a happy mood thanks to his wife giving birth to their new son. He says fatherhood and his experience facing the best the UFC’s heavyweight division has to offer have changed his mindset.
“I have more experience,” he said. “I am mature. Everything is better for me; everything is working better for me in my life.
“I decided to be something I am not. Now I am going to go back to the old Junior dos Santos. My boxing skills are my main strategy, but I am ready for anything. I have learned a lot during this time. This is going be the best dos Santos.”
Dos Santos also spoke about the current heavyweights in the division, training and more.
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UFC 211: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS is Saturday, May 13 on pay-per-view from American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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