Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos is looking to reclaim the championship at UFC 211, as he challenges Stipe Miocic for the gold.
JDS didn’t get the finish the first time they fought a few years back, but the fighter is hoping for one the second time around.
“My prediction is this time I’m going to finish Stipe Miocic before the end of the second round,” Dos Santos stated to Fox Sports. “I have much respect for him, but I’m coming to win.”
The first time the two met at UFC On Fox 13 in December of 2014, the win for JDS came via a controversial decision.
Unlike their first encounter a few years back, the former champion is fighting for his family and not just for the title.
“That’s amazing to have the belt, to be the baddest man on the planet. It’s not for everybody. Everybody wants to be, but not many of these guys will reach this point in their career? To get there and become the champion, it means a lot. My motivation, of course, it’s my family, it’s everything what I’m leaving that is amazing, but to be the baddest man on the planet. That’s unbelievable. In the whole world, Brazil, America, China, Japan, everywhere, in a fair fight, you are the guy. Can you imagine that? Oh my gosh, there is no better feeling than that. You are the baddest man on the planet. So I’m fighting for that. I’m fighting to beat this guy again and I’m sure I’m going to beat him,” says JDS.
UFC 211 takes place on Saturday, May 13 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas with Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.