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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