Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos says he’s going to be “the baddest man on the planet” again – and he’s going to finish current champ Stipe Miocic.
Junior dos Santos has a few things going for him ahead of UFC 211. One is that he’s no stranger to title fights, having held the UFC heavyweight title in the past. The other is that he holds a win over current champion Stipe Miocic. The two men will face off for a second time on May 13th, and Dos Santos told Fox Sports that he’s quite confident in the fact that he’ll become “the baddest man on the planet” once again:
“That’s amazing to have the belt, to be the baddest man on the planet. It’s not for everybody. Everybody wants to be, but not many of these guys will reach this point in their career? To get there and become the champion, it means a lot. My motivation, of course, it’s my family, it’s everything what I’m leaving that is amazing, but to be the baddest man on the planet. That’s unbelievable.
“In the whole world, Brazil, America, China, Japan, everywhere, in a fair fight, you are the guy. Can you imagine that? Oh my gosh, there is no better feeling than that. You are the baddest man on the planet. So I’m fighting for that. I’m fighting to beat this guy again and I’m sure I’m going to beat him.”
In fact, Cigano is so hyped on his chances that he did something the soft-spoken fighter isn’t known for – he made a bold prediction about the outcome of the fight:
“My prediction is this time I’m going to finish Stipe Miocic before the end of the second round,” dos Santos stated. “I have much respect for him, but I’m coming to win.”
UFC 211 goes down in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The two men will meet in the main event of the night.