Fresh off his TKO victory over Tai Tuivasa in the main event at UFC Adelaide, former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos quickly shifted his sights on getting back into the title picture.
In his post-fight press conference, dos Santos talked up the “incredible” Daniel Cormier, adding that the double champion is an “amazing athlete,” and someone he’d like to fight before Cormier retires. He then turned his attention to Brock Lesnar, whose anticipated return to the UFC — and coincidentally right into a main event title fight — seems to have ruffled his feathers.
“The way I understand is that’s what Daniel Cormier wants to do to make money… Somehow, Brock Lesnar sells… I don’t know why. Why? Because he says stupid things? Because he’s a big guy who says stupid things? It doesn’t really make much sense for me,” dos Santos said, per MMA Fighting.
“Even because he doesn’t deserve to fight for the title. He has no record for that…USADA took him out and now he’s gonna come back and fight for the title. If MMA is a sport, a real sport, it doesn’t make any sense. But like I said, if people want to see that, we have to give (it to) them.”
It’s surprising more fighters haven’t taken this stance. Lesnar hasn’t won a fight since defeating Shane Carwin in 2010. He lost to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem in consecutive fights before returning from a nearly five-year layoff to beat Mark Hunt in July 2016. USADA overturned that victory to a no-contest, dropping his record to 5-3 as a pro.
Stipe Miocic certainly would make more sense if we’re going by wins and losses, as well as a handful of other contenders, even including the likes of Jon Jones. As for what’s next for dos Santos, the heavyweight contender has Alistair Overeem circled as a rematch he’d prefer as a revenge fight following his TKO loss in 2016.
“I’m asking for him because it makes sense. In my mind, it makes sense to do this rematch right now,” he said.
“I won’t accept any of my defeats. I really believe that I have everything that it takes to be No. 1 in this division. And I want to prove it. I want to show all you guys that I’m right.”
(H/T Submission Radio)