Junior Dos Santos Says Win Over Francis Ngannou Will Earn Him Title Shot

Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos believes a win over Francis Ngannou will earn him another crack at the title. However, he is not willing to wait in case it doesn’t. Dos Santos takes on Ngannou in the headliner of UFC Minneapolis this weekend. A win for “Cigano” would make it four straight wins, following […]

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Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos believes a win over Francis Ngannou will earn him another crack at the title. However, he is not willing to wait in case it doesn’t.

Dos Santos takes on Ngannou in the headliner of UFC Minneapolis this weekend. A win for “Cigano” would make it four straight wins, following triumphs over Blagoy Ivanov, Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis. With no other contender likely to more be deserving of a title shot than him if that were the case, Dos Santos believes there is nowhere to go but to challenge the heavyweight champion.

But that doesn’t mean he will just sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot either:

“Actually, there is nowhere to go after this. The winner of this fight will [fight] for the title,” Dos Santos told MMA Junkie. “But sometimes the UFC, they invent some things, you know? But I don’t really care about that. Of course, my main goal is the belt. I want to become champion again, but I’m not in a rush for that, you know? The most important thing is to keep fighting, keep myself active, having like three fights per year, minimum.”

Dos Santos has been more active than in previous years and hopes to keep things that way. He particularly cited an example of how instead of waiting to challenge an injured Cain Velasquez for the title, he opted to remain active by facing Shane Carwin.

He would defeat Carwin before famously knocking out Velasquez to become champion back in 2011:

“The first time I fought for title, I was supposed to fight Cain Velasquez,” Dos Santos explained. “Cain Velasquez got hurt against Brock Lesnar, so I couldn’t fight him, he was out one year. They said, ‘Oh, you can wait that whole one year to fight him for the belt, or you can have another fight.’ I said, ‘No, I need another fight.’ Then Dana White brought me the chance to be coach on ‘TUF,’ then I fight Shane Carwin. So, I’m not going to do waiting for fights, man. I’m 35 years old. The last five years I do fight once per year, now I want to do minimum of three.”

Dos Santos Questions Ngannou’s Skill Level

Of course, Dos Santos still needs to put away Ngannou who seems to be back to his devastating old self following recent finishes over Curtis Blaydes and Velasquez. “The Predator” is known for his power, but Dos Santos questions his skill level more than anything:

“I never fought him, so I don’t really know how powerful he is,” Dos Santos added. “But everyone is talking about him. As I can see his last fights, he has a lot of power. But the thing is sometimes too much power without the right amount of control is not really good thing, you know? So I believe he has a lot of power, but skill-wise he is not that level.”

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UFC on ESPN 3 Staff Picks: Predictions for Ngannou vs. Dos Santos

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Junior Dos Santos Reacts To Francis Ngannou Calling His BJJ Black Belt Fake

Junior Dos Santos gave his reaction to some comments made by his next opponent, former title contender Francis Ngannou.  The two hard-hitting heavyweight stars were slated to meet at the UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 6th. However, the fight has been moved up as it will now headline the UFC Minneapolis show.  Ngannou […]

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Junior Dos Santos gave his reaction to some comments made by his next opponent, former title contender Francis Ngannou. 

The two hard-hitting heavyweight stars were slated to meet at the UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 6th. However, the fight has been moved up as it will now headline the UFC Minneapolis show. 

Ngannou stated during a recent media scrum in Las Vegas that he doesn’t believe dos Santos is a real black belt. This is despite “JDS’” longtime jiu-jitsu coach awarding him his black belt one day before his rematch with Cain Velasquez several years ago during his reign as heavyweight champion:

“First of all, I don’t believe that jiu-jitsu black belt,” Ngannou said (h/t MMA Weekly). “I don’t believe in dos Santos’ jiu-jitsu black belt. I don’t know where he’s from, but I don’t believe that. And I don’t mind that at all.

“But you never know what some fighter is gonna come up with. I always keep thinking maybe he’ll try some wrestling, takedown, but it’s not his comfort zone, but I don’t know. He might try everything. But the most important is I’m prepared for every little (thing).”

Junior Dos Santos Reacts

Although JDS has only submitted one opponent in his pro-MMA career, he’s known for his knockout power. He tapped out Eduardo Maiorino with a guillotine choke in his second professional fight in 2006. JDS recently fired back at Ngannou’s statements in a recent interview with a puzzled reaction:

“I honestly don’t know what’s his strategy with saying something like that, but if he’s trying to avoid getting punched in the face, that didn’t work,” dos Santos told MMA Fighting. “And he came to that conclusion based on what? Come on.”

UFC Minneapolis is set to take place on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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Ngannou: I Have A Better Jiu-Jitsu Than Junior dos Santos

Francis Ngannou is not just doubling down on his skepticism of UFC Minneapolis opponent Junior dos Santos’s black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he is taking it two steps further. First, Ngannou contends that if he is to believe dos Santos is a true blac…

Francis Ngannou is not just doubling down on his skepticism of UFC Minneapolis opponent Junior dos Santos’s black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he is taking it two steps further. First, Ngannou contends that if he is to believe dos Santos is a true black belt, he requires proof: “I would like to have some evidence,” […]

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JDS Coach Responds to Ngannou’s Black Belt Disbelief

In the main event of UFC Minneapolis two men known for their boxing will square off when Francis Ngannou and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos collide. But even though Junior dos Santos is known as a boxer in the UFC, he also happens to…

In the main event of UFC Minneapolis two men known for their boxing will square off when Francis Ngannou and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos collide. But even though Junior dos Santos is known as a boxer in the UFC, he also happens to be a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a fact […]

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