Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is looking to get back to the gold once more and to do that he will first have to take out his next opponent, Alistair Overeem.
The two have come across each other before, but have yet to enter the octagon together. Now they will get to put all that trash talk to work and see who comes out on top. Dos Santos was hoping he would be getting a title shot and rematch with Fabricio Werdum next, but it turns out Cain Velasquez will instead get the rematch.
Either way, Dos Santos will now began training for Overeem, a tough test in itself. The heavyweight told MMAFighting that for this training camp he will spending all of his time at American Top Team, in Florida. Dos Santos has been to the gym before, but this will be the first time he’s done a full training camp there.
“I will be here in Miami my entire camp. I came here before to visit the team and they all treated me really well, ‘Conan’ (Marcus Silveira), Dan Lambert, Ricardo Liborio. I was happy with the way they treated and welcomed me, so I decided to do my camp here. I’m enjoying it, and training has been great.
“I’m glad I spent some time working at Nova Uniao, especially with professor ‘Dede’ (Andre Pederneiras). He’s an amazing person and I will be forever thankful. But I decided to come to ATT because I have more heavyweights to train here, and more light-heavyweights too — I like to work with light-heavyweights because they are faster, so I can work on my speed. And everything is easier here in America.”
The former champ still believes that if he were to fight Werdum, who he knocked out in their first fight, that he would be able to do it again.
He thinks that although Werdum has made advances in his striking, it’s impossible to be at the level of someone like himself who’s main focus is striking.
“I have to be confident. I’m faster than him, I have better striking abilities. He’s better now, professor Rafael Cordeiro improved his Muay Thai, but improving your Muay Thai is different than having striking as your main martial art. I’ve done this my entire life. I can create more opportunities standing.
“If the fight goes to the ground, he’s the favorite. But I see myself beating him again, and by knockout. First or second-round knockout.”
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