UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos is not a one-trick pony. The Brazilian tells ESPN that he has been working on his takedown defense, and should it go to the ground he would like to show his Brazilian jiu-jitsu which he has been working on.
“That time it was perfect for me. My first strategy is always to knock my opponents out and I will try to do that again. I know Cain Velasquez, I respect him a lot. He’s really tough. But I will give my best to win this fight, it doesn’t matter where. Of course I want to knock him out but if the fight goes to the ground, I will be ready to submit him too. For sure (I think I can beat him on the ground), I train a lot of jiu-jitsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’m working on my takedown defense. I know he’s a really good wrestler and he’s going to try to take me down and use his ground-n-pound where he’s very good but if the fight goes to the ground, I’m ready. Like I said, I’m ready to submit someone to really show how good I am in my jiu-jitsu.”
In regards to the trash-talking heavyweight Alistair Overeem, JDS does not feel he is a valid contender, but is willing to humor a fight against the former Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 champ.
“Actually, Dana White, the President of the UFC, already said the winner from me and Cain Velasquez is going to fight Alistair Overeem. I don’t think he deserves to be fighting for the title because he failed the drug test. But I want to fight this guy because he said a lot of things and I want to fight with the best. If he thinks he’s one of them, I want to fight him.”
Dos Santos impressively predicted his second round finish of Frank Mir. As for his predictions against Velasquez for the first time…
“The knockout will not be as fast, but I can predict a second round [finish].”