Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos made no secret of his admiration for reigning title-holder Cain Velasquez, and admitted that he seeks to emulate the Mexican-American in some way.
Dos Santos and Velasquez have fought three times already. The Brazilian “Cigano” crushed Velasquez in their first bout, registering a knockout just a minute into the encounter. But Velasquez rebounded in impressive fashion, thoroughly dominating Dos Santos in their two subsequent rematches.
“I admire (Velasquez) a lot,” said Dos Santos in an interview with Brazilian media. “He overcame that first loss, he learned from his mistakes, and he blocked my game to defeat me.”
“I’m looking for this evolution for me now,” he adds, “and I will find it.”
Dos Santos said he is working on diversifying his game after losing twice to Velasquez now, but understands he will need to beat some of the other top contenders before getting another shot at the champion.
“I’m still the No. 1 contender, but it’s obvious that I won’t fight for the title anytime soon,” he acknowledged. “But if he (Velasquez) stays champion, and I win more fights, maybe three more fights, we will fight again.”
“I have real chances of defeating him,” he said.
Dos Santos is still waiting for the UFC to inform him of his next fight, but he vowed that whenever that is, his fans will see a much improved fighter.
“You’ll see a different ‘Cigano’ in my next fights,” he guaranteed. “This is going to put me against Velasquez again, and I hope the result will be different than the last couple of fights.”