Junior Dos Santos is booked to fight Stefan Struve next, and he’s focused on that bout, but “Cigano” believes he should have been fighting for the title first.
Recently the UFC announced that Dos Santos will battle Struve at UFC Fight Night 105, which will go down on February 19th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The heavyweights fought before, way back in 2009, and JDS quickly finished Struve in the opening round.
Since Struve is ranked #11 and Dos Santos is sitting in the #4 spot, a rematch certainly wasn’t on the radar of most folks. Recently JDS spoke with MMA Junkie about the upcoming match-up. The Brazilian star conceded that while the bout isn’t very “relevant” currently, Dos Santos wanted to fight, and according to him, finding an opponent was tough.
Dos Santos was also asked about the title shot picture, and the former champ believes he could have been booked for a rematch with the champ Stipe Miocic now.
“It’s not about whether I’m asking for it – I think I deserve it,” Dos Santos said. “I’m coming off a win over Ben Rothwell, the guy who was going to fight for the belt even before Alistair Overeem, had he beat me. He didn’t. I won the fight, so he fell a couple of spots. And I ended up not climbing any.
“So it’s not that I wanted to fight Miocic, I was deserving of it. Velasquez and Werdum both come off wins over Travis Browne, who wasn’t close to fighting for the belt. So, given all these factors, I think I deserved it. But unfortunately it couldn’t happen now. I know it will happen and it won’t be too long before it does. My goal right now is to perform well.”
Since JDS holds a win over Miocic, you can see why he feels this way. But, since he was finished by Overeem last December, and the latter was just KO’d by Miocic, selling a rematch right now would have been tough.