Junior dos Santos has been stopped in two of his last four fights, but the Brazilian heavyweight is still extremely confident that he’ll hoist UFC gold once again.
Recently the UFC announced that dos Santos will fight Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 105, which will go down on February 19th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fight will mark the first time JDS has fought since April, 2016, when he decisioned Ben Rothwell.
“Cigano” had been campaigning for a rematch with the new champ, Stipe Miocic, who dos Santos decisioned in December, 2014. But, since dos Santos isn’t long removed from a stoppage loss to Alistair Overeem last December, the UFC didn’t want to go that route.
While it remains to be seen if dos Santos can defeat Struve for a second time – he quickly took out the latter in 2009 – JDS still has his sights on the belt. Case in point, he recently told MMA Fighting this:
“It’s a great fight for me, and it makes sense for the UFC too book this fight,” dos Santos said. “We are the only fighters to beat the current champion of the world, Stipe Miocic. (Struve) knocked him out, and I won by decision, so this fight makes sense.
“I will be the number one in the heavyweight division again. I know the mistakes I’ve done in the past, and I truly believe my skills and what I can do. I’m faster than any other heavyweight in the UFC. With or without USADA, whatever, I’m still the same.”
Dos Santos is only 32 year’s old, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if the heavy handed and athletic fighter makes another run. A loss to Struve, however, would be a big setback.
Struve, meanwhile, is coming off a submission win over Daniel Omielanczuk in October.