UFC President Dana White recently told reporters that Andrei Arlovski or Stipe Miocic would be the next man to challenge Fabricio Werdum for the UFC heavyweight title, this because former champ Junior dos Santos was still nursing an injury.
However, in a public note sent out by his team, “JDS” explained that he could be ready to rematch Werdum by year-end, which is the same time the champ is expected to be available (via Combate):
“As opposed to what was published on 06/18, Junior dos Santos is no longer injured. He has been through two surgeries on January 2015, one on his right ACL and another on his nasal septum. Because of the procedures, he had to recuperate for six months, doing physiotherapy and light training. Junior dos Santos will be training boxing next month and will be cleared to train other martial arts as well, which will make him available to fight at the end of the year. The same time Fabricio Werdum will be available, since he received a medical suspension of 180 days after his last fight. Number two on the rankings, Junior dos Santos is the most expected fighter for a title shot.”
To add to the note, “Cigano” said everything was going his way and he has high hopes of reclaiming the UFC heavyweight title this year:
“Everything is going all right, I can see myself as the champion again still this year.”
Junior dos Santos is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Stipe Miocic, which he earned at December’s UFC on FOX 13 event.
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