Junior dos Santos pre-fight interview

On October 19th at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas, former UFC
heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is in search for some
payback against current champ Cain Velasquez. Originally, dos
Santos challenged Velasquez for the title at the first UFC on FOX
event in November 2011 where “Cigano” floored Velasquez
with one punch to take the gold. The two last met less than a year
ago at UFC 155 where Velasquez reclaimed the belt by outworking dos
Santos for a 5 round unanimous decision. Both dos Santos and
Velasquez are each other’s only Octagon loss and are the only
thing standing in the other’s way to name themselves the best
in the weightclass.

“I want to become champion again,” asserts dos
Santos. “I don’t think [Cain Velasquez] is the number
1. He’s really good, but I think I’m number 1. It would
be amazing to knock him out again. I can see things better now than
I did before. I’m going to be very prepared for this one. I
want to be the guy who will be on top.”

For dos Santos, the key to a future victory over Velasquez is
the same as it ever was – knockout power. In his 11 Octagon
appearances, “Cigano” has battered his opponents with
pummeling punches en route to 7 KO/TKO finishes including 3
Knockout of the Night bonuses. Most recently at UFC 160, dos Santos
added a new weapon to his arsenal by felling granite-chinned Mark
Hunt with a spinning heel kick to the head.