Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos was supposed to fight Stefan Struve in the main event of UFC Fight Night 105, then Struve suffered an injury and had to pull out of the fight. Dos Santos still wants to headline UFC Fight Night 105, he just needs an opponent first.
“We don’t really know the situation,” Dos Santos told MMA Junkie. “What the UFC told us is that they’re looking for an opponent, especially because we were the main event in Halifax. So I’m still training and awaiting news.”
According to Dos Santos, another former UFC Heavyweight Champion in Fabricio Werdum was offered the bout, but he turned it down.
“Werdum was the UFC’s first option,” Dos Santos said. “Before even talking to me, they’d talked to him. But once again, I think he turned it down. I don’t know the reasons, but once more he turned it down – I believe it was the third time in these past few months that he refused to fight me, which is kind of senseless. He turned it down (and) the UFC went after other opponents. But, really, if you look at it, it was so hard to find a fight for me before Stefan Struve. No one could fight, nobody had enough time to prepare – like Alistair. He said he didn’t have enough time to get ready for the fight. And then after my fight was announced, everyone in the division got fights scheduled. So that was pretty funny, that before no one could (fight) and then everyone could. Alistair is going to fight one, two weeks after Halifax. With me, he couldn’t, but then with Hunt he can? It’s a weird situation. But that’s how it happened and now there’s not much else to do but wait for the UFC to find this opponent so that we can continue the preparation and finally fight.”
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place on Sunday, February 19 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with Junior Dos Santos headlining.