Former UFC heavyweight champion and legend of the division, Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos has a big main event fight coming up this Saturday night. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have some time to reflect on his career as well.
Since 2012, Junior Dos Santos has alternated wins and losses in his last eight fights. Meaning he is 4-4 in those eight.
The men that he lost to? Oh, just some of the division’s best. Names like Alistair Overeem and the former UFC champions in Stipe Miocic and Cain Velasquez.
When discussing Velasquez specifically, the pair had one of the most iconic trilogies in the UFC heavyweight division’s history. And with the seemingly imminent return of Velasquez, Dos Santos made it clear that he would love to have a fourth fight with the fellow former champ as well as the other two that were mentioned.
“[It would disappoint me] a lot [if I didn’t get to avenge my losses], a lot,” Dos Santos told Submission Radio. “There’s so many doubts in this sport, man, because like I told you guys, I’m made of truth. I was the champion once again and I’m rebuilding this. I’m on the top of the rankings all the time and fighting against tough guys all the time. I’m made of truth, I can do it again and again and again and again.
“When you are made of truth, you can do this. So, this guy, I don’t know. I have many, many questions in my head. But, no doubt I would love to fight him again, I would love to fight [Stipe] Miocic again. And maybe even Alistair Overeem. He did great in his last fight, so maybe we can have also a rematch. I wanna fight this guy. Because in my mind I committed mistakes in those fights. That’s why they won. They are not better than me. And if they think that’s done, it’s not done. The only way it’s done is if they go away like Cain Velasquez is doing – going away. Then it’s done. If they stay here and they fight in the UFC, it’s not done and I’m coming for them.”
Overeem just fought this past Saturday and snapped a two-fight losing streak when he handed the undefeated Sergey Pavlovich the first loss of his career at UFC Beijing. Miocic hasn’t fought since UFC 226 when he lost his title to Daniel Cormier. And Velasquez, he has been out since UFC 200 in July 2016 when he finished Travis Browne in one round.
In the meanwhile, Junior Dos Santos finds himself looking to take away Tai Tuivasa’s 0 when they meet this Saturday night in UFC Adelaide’s headliner.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/29/2018