UFC fighter Junior dos Santos of American Top Team participated in an ATT Media Day at the South Florida facility in Coconut Creek.
Dos Santos, a former UFC heavyweight champ, will battle Blagoy Ivanov, who is making his UFC debut, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 133 on Saturday, live on FS1 (FOX Sports 1) from CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Dos Santos, 34, discusses the July fight against the 31-year-old Ivanov; being a champ; being a hero back home in Caçador, Santa Catarina, Brazil; wanting to regain the title; playing soccer as a youth; would he like to fight Brock Lesnar in the octagon; any interest in pro wrestling/sports entertainment and/or joining WWE.
"I think it's going to be a tough fight [against Ivanov]," said dos Santos, who is 18-5. "He was a heavyweight champion in two different organizations. So he's a tough guy. Everybody knows that, but I'm very happy to be the guy to welcome him to UFC."
The 5-11, 250-pound Ivanov (16-1) is first and foremost on the mind of the 6-4, 235-pound dos Santos, but dos Santos shared some thoughts about WWE.
"Actually, I'm a good actor. I could do that," smiled dos Santos. "That is just theater. Nothing is real there. Those guys are big. That's it. So I'm a good actor. If I put some [muscle], I could be part of that, too."
Speaking of WWE, former UFC Champ Brock Lesnar is the current WWE Universal Champion. He attended UFC 226 on Saturday, and after WWE fan Daniel Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, he called out Lesnar, who entered the octagon and shoved Cormier. WWE style, the words were heated, and the fight will happen.
Dos Santos almost battled Lesnar in a UFC octagon several years ago.
"We [dos Santos and Lesnar] did the 13th season [of the UFC Ultimate Fighter in 2011]. I was one of the coaches, and he was the other coach," dos Santos said, "but he got sick, and we couldn't make the fight happen. So now maybe he's coming back. We should do that fight... Finally I can fight with Brock Lesnar and give him some [he makes quote marks] good times in the octagon."
Beating Ivanov is a step toward good times.
The action on Saturday on FS1 begins at 8 p.m. EST. UFC Fight Pass will carry the early prelims at 6:15 p.m. ET.
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