‘It’s Hard to Find Heavyweights With Enough Courage’ – Forget UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos Has New Plans for His Future

Published 08/31/2021, 10:41 AM EDT


Junior dos Santos is a former UFC heavyweight champion and one of the best heavyweight fighters to be a part of MMA. ‘Cigano’ started professionally competing back in 2006 and at one point had an impressive record of (15-1). do Santos joined the UFC back in 2008 and went on to become the heavyweight champion after defeating Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Recently, however, the fighter has not been in great form and has lost his last 4 fights. In his last fight, Dos Santos faced Ciryl Gane and lost via a 2nd round TKO. Later it was announced on March 3, 2021, that dos Santos was released from the UFC.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Now recently the fighter talked about how he is looking for a fight in boxing or maybe bare-knuckle fighting. During a recent interview with MMA Junkie, the fighter talked about the same. He said, “We were talking with bare-knuckle (BKFC), Bellator, PFL, some boxing conversations as well.”

Watch This Story: 5 Opponents for Jake Paul After His Decision Victory Over Tyron Woodley

“I would love to do a boxing fight, but it’s hard to find heavyweights with enough courage to take a fight. These guys are just talking, but let’s see what’s gonna happen.”

“I’m not in a rush. I’m enjoying my time and as soon as we have a good deal, we’re gonna move on. My next step is, and I feel like it’s an important step. I just don’t want to go ahead and do it. I want to do it right.”

Junior dos Santos believes he still has some fight left in him

Junior dos Santos has not been in great form recently and has not won a fight since March 2019. Therefore, many people believed that the fighter is finished and should retire. However, ‘Cigano’ does not believe that and still believes he can perform well.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

He said, “I really enjoy fighting. My goal today is to show all the people that support me all the time that I’m still here. I can perform well, I train very hard, and all my skills–actually, because of all my experience, I think that I’m now even a better fighter. But some things happened that didn’t go very well because my mind wasn’t 100 percent there.”

“A lot of things changed in my life, so I am learning how to deal with them. I think it’s normal, it’s part of the process. Unfortunately, I had some negative results, but I’m looking forward to the next step.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

When and who do you think dos Santos should fight next? Let us know in the comments.

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Paras Pande

560 articles

Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT