Quick Quote: Junior dos Santos says Cain Velasquez will be his "greatest challenge ever"

“Much aggressive, much aggressive. Velasquez is a guy who has great conditioning, so he’s a guy I want to go for the knockout or the submission. I can’t give him time or space to work on what he likes, the takedowns and doing the ground and pound game.

I train Wrestling a lot, I like training takedown defenses, and I consider myself good while defending takedown attempts. So, that’s why I feel pretty much comfortable when the guys try to take me down, I feel comfortable, cool with it. Velasquez is much faster and effective on his game, more technical (than Shane Carwin). Velasquez is the number one on the heavyweight division, and it’ll be my greatest challenge ever. – For complete interview by Guilherme Cruz, visit Tatame.com

Five of Junior dos Santos’ seven UFC victories have come via some form of stoppage, and it appears his gameplan when he meets Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez will be no different… look for the finish.  Dos Santos recently reaffirmed his position as the division’s number-one contender with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Shane Carwin earlier this month.  Now primed to finally get a crack at the title, the Brazilian is expected to challenge Velasquez in the headlining bout at UFC 138 in November.

While not yet official, UFC 138 is tentatively scheduled for November 19th from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and would mark the promotion’s first trip to the longtime home of its former competitor, Strikeforce.

Photo: Junior dos Santos during UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    might be one of the greatest fights of all time, i dont see either of these guys stalling or holding anything back

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Stiks/ Stiks

    I think Cain is a much more complete fighter than most, if not all, of JDS’s previous opponents. My only concern with this fight is that its right after a long lay off, and surgery, for Cain. That being said, can we be sure we will see the best Cain? Not making excuses for him, but it is something to think about. I don’t fight myself, so maybe some of the people here who have some fight experience can shine some light on ring rust and getting in the ring after surgery. All that BS aside, I’m stoked to see this fight!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Buragash/ Buragash

    Wrong website buddy

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzkika/ azzkika

    same could be said of carwin. He didn’t look anything like the old Carwin after a long lay off. Same with Rua against Jones after a long lay off.

    Whether it was the lay off or level of performance of their opponent we can never truly know, but I suspect many fighters lose an edge when haveing long breaks.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Stiks/ Stiks

    Did it take some of what I wrote in my post above and add some crap to it? What a crappy bot…at least I think its a bot.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ogobska/ ogobska

    ringrust are for real, the way you anticipate your opponents move and how you handle stress in a certain situation. even basketball football and all contact sports deals with injuries what about MMA that your kicking and punching all day long thats a high risk for injuries and some fighters become different coming from injuries and specially long layoff. cain and jds candidate for fight of the year

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Plutonian/ Plutonian

    Cardio/Pace – Velasquez
    Boxing/Standup – Dos Santos
    Wrestling – Velasquez
    Strength/Power – Dos Santos
    I think Dos Santos will win due to Cain’s injury and time out of the cage.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MAMBA24ILL/ MAMBA24ILL

    This could be the best HW fight ever.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    No sh*t Sherlock.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Chaos/ chaos

    I think the opposite is also true, JDS is probably Cain’s biggest challenge too.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ultimatextreme/ Ultimatextreme

    Well , Dosantos has not beaten anyone thats considered top. Carwin is 35 and only has the stamina to go 1 round. He is though the best UFC has to offer Cain and has a punchers chance against Cain.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Loboplomo/ Loboplomo

    man, I see this fight going like Griffin vs Bonnar…and this fight is exactly what the heavyweight division needs, to bring it up a level (the best vs the best). …let’s see if the winner get’s the Strikeforce tournament champ.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ogobska/ ogobska

    i was just explaining about how ring rust could affect the fight, im neutral and i didnt intend to copy some of your writings besides your grammar is…. try writing a book.