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Junior dos Santos: I’m facing Stefan Struve because other fighters turned me down

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced a heavyweight main event between Junior dos Santos and Stefan Struve, a five-round affair that tops the upcoming UFC Fight Night 105 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1.

It felt like a peculiar pairing when you consider “Cigano” razed “Skyscraper” in less than a minute at UFC 95 way back in 2009. In addition, the Brazilian is ahead of the towering Dutchman by roughly seven spots in the official rankings.

But you know what they say about desperate times…

“What I wanted was to fight,” Dos Santos told MMAjunkie.com. “So I was happy he took the fight. It’s not relevant at the moment, but there were some athletes who kind of turned it down, made up excuses not to fight. So I was happy he took the fight.”

UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Sun., Feb. 19, 2017 inside Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The oft-injured Dos Santos (18-4) has been consistently inconsistent over the past four years, alternating wins and losses en route to a 3-3 mark during that span. Struve (28-8) is also 3-3 dating back to 2012, but recently put together consecutive finishes in 2016.

To see who else is fighting at UFC Fight Night 105 click here.

Source:: mma mania