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.