UFC 131 Main Event Interviews: Junior dos Santos, Shane CarwinPosted on June 8, 2011, 10:15 PM by Joey Santosus
This Saturday night's UFC 131 headliners, Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin, who will go head to head to determine the Heavyweight division's number-one contender, discuss their match-up, as well as their strategies heading into the bout. Dos Santos believes that cardio is Carwin's biggest weakness and says he expects "The Engineer" to look for the takedown after feeling the power in his hands. Carwin, on the other hand, admits that the Brazilian may have sharper technique, but feels he has the heavier hands of the two. Photo: Francis Specker
"With Carwin, I have to be a little more cautious with my stand-up (...) I don't know why, but I really think that Shane Carwin is going to try to take me down and I am prepared for that. I'm feeling great with my ground game. I train with a lot of good guys, you know, the Nogueira brothers, Demian Maia, Anderson Silva. All of those guys are very good on the ground and they've given me a lot of confidence for this fight. If Shane Carwin takes me down and holds me there, I will show my jiu-jitsu for the whole world."
"It's a chance to get me back into title contention and where I want to be. I think (taking an opponent down) is a possibility with all fights. You never know whether its going to stay on the feet or go to the ground. He trains with some top Brazilian jiu-jitsu guys, so I don't think his ground game is lacking as much as people like to comment on it. I think Junior has got some fast hands and I think he's probably technically a little sharper, but I think I carry more power."