Not heading straight back again to 205 pounds any moment to get a third struggle with Jon Jones, Cormier, that no longer holds two belts from the promotion, will likely defend his heavyweight strap at the first 1 / 2 2019, and Junior dos Santos intends to cement his place as the No. 1 competition on March 9.
The Brazilian striker, a former champion in the UFC, is scheduled to headline UFC Wichita against 265-pound brawler Derrick Lewis. “Cigano” currently is your highest-ranked heavy weight riding a winning streak in the Octagon, and expects to go 3-0 in an eight-month span if he meets “The Dark Beast” at Kansas.
“It’s the type of challenge I was hoping for, so it motivates usso that I ’damn happy. We’ll have a short camp that moment, only two months, however it will be enough. ”
Dos Santos was on vacation with his family if he got a telephone from the UFC that the five-round major event versus LeWIS, and decided to it before asking to get his coaches’ remarks. “Cigano” is convinced that eight weeks will likely be time to catch him best on struggle night time to win and earn a shot at gold.
”I haven’t presumed too much about this, but I think so, yes,” dos Santos said when asked when he must be alongside Cormier with a triumph. What’s the most is becoming good victories. I’m qualified to struggle to your belt, but we clearly require a winning streak. ”
Victorious in his past two fires, scoring an election conquer Blagoy Ivanov at July and a knockout against previously unbeaten Tai Tuivasa at December, dos Santos sees a struggle with Cormier as one of his intentions right now.
Cormier had his retirement planned for March 2019, but would push back the deadline a bit. This offers “Cigano” a little room to try to convince the promotion. Stipe Miocic along with Brock Lesnar are just two other strong candidates in this race right now.
”My goal obviously. I presumed this struggle would be interesting. He’s a two-division champion, an exceptional guy. ”