Yesterday’s news that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be out for 6-8 months due to a shoulder injury was a major disappointment for all concerned, not least current No.1 contender Junior Dos Santos who’s been waiting since August to fight for the belt.
Dos Santos has already gone above and beyond the call of duty to earn his title shot, racking up seven wins against quality opponents like Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve and Gabriel Gonzaga.
The word coming out of Brazil however is that he’s not going to sit about and wait while Velasquez heals, but rather will show he’s a true fighter by taking on someone else in the mean time instead.
“He is not going to wait 6 months,” Dos Santos manager Ed Soares stated simply to MMAWeekly after hearing the news.
It’s a tough decision to make. Naturally it’s a big risk for him to take another fight, potentially risking his title shot if he loses, but at the same time sitting on the shelf for almost a year isn’t ideal either, both financially and physically, and he risks losing some of the momentum he’d built up in the previous two and a half years.
Given that he’s already beaten a number of upper level heavyweights there’s only a few options left for him if he is to be handed another fight – either Frank Mir, Shane Carwin or Brock Lesnar.
Tough fights, but potentially highly entertaining ones.