Former UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos has an opportunity to truly define his career when he steps into the cage at UFC 166 to face Cain Velasquez in the third and final bout of their epic championship trilogy.
Win, and you’re a legend. Lose, and he may just be unfortunately defined as the second-best heavyweight of his era. That’s no small feat, but it’s definitely something that ‘Cigano’ vehemently wants to avoid.
However, that’s not going to stop him from commenting on the current state of boxing and its heavyweight rulers, the Klitschko brothers, offering up an interesting statement on yesterday’s “The MMA Hour”:
"If they give me four months to get prepared, I can beat him. That's it. I used to train boxing a lot. In the beginning of my camp, all my camps, I do just boxing you know. I love to train boxing and I think I have enough skills in boxing. I know how to see a good fight in boxing, so four months, that is what I need."
There’s not much doubt that ‘Cigano’ is the finest boxer in the UFC heavyweight division. He’s put top quality opponents to sleep with relentless efficiency throughout his entire MMA career. But the Klitschko brothers are on another level when it comes to pure boxing.
Dos Santos rarely uses his wrestling or black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, so it’s not unconceivable to think that he could succeed in boxing. But four months of preparation to fight the boxers who have an iron grip on the heavyweight landscape is getting a bit ahead of himself. If he cleans out the UFC’s heaviest division for the next few years, perhaps a move to boxing would be in the cards.
For now, Dos Santos must focus on Velasquez and his vaunted wrestling, which he used to repeatedly take ‘Cigano’ down at UFC 155. In the future, however, he may want to shift his focus to pure pugilism and try his hand at defeating the Klitschkos. What are your thoughts on this prospect? Is Dos Santos displacing his focus in the week leading up to the biggest MMA fight of his career? And if he could somehow find himself booked against one of the Klitschko brothers on a boxing match, would he stand a chance at having his hand raised?