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Junior & Anthony Joshua
By: Fernanda Prates and Justin Park | August 15, 2016 3:15 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO – The Junior Dos Santos who put on a striking clinic against Ben Rothwell in April looked like a much fresher version of the one we’d previously seen against Alistair Overeem.
This an assessment that Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC) himself will agree with. That’s because, after a period of “confusion,” the former UFC heavyweight champion believes he’s finally back on track. And, in order for that to happen, he needed to get in touch with what got him to the top in the first place: his hands.
“I think I’m finding myself again,” Dos Santos told MMAjunkie. “I was very confused about things. Because every time, people come to say, ‘You have to work more on your jiu-jitsu. You have to work more on your wrestling, on your grappling skills.’ I said, ‘Yeah, man, these guys are right.’ And I was trying to do that.
“But I’m not like that. I’m a boxing guy, so I need to keep my focus on that. Of course I have to know jiu-jitsu and wrestling, but it’s a second thing. My first thing is boxing. And I found myself again against Ben Rothwell. That’s what I’m going to do now. I’m going to knock these guys out. Look at these (fists). … Those are, man, you know, it’s a lot of power on those things right here. If I touch those guys correctly, they will go down.”
Currently in the final recovering stages following shoulder surgery, the 32-year-old Brazilian said he is at “90 percent.” Pending his doctor’s clearance to return to full training, which he expects to get in September, the idea is to fight in December.
With the timeframe in mind, the next step is figuring out the opponent. But, in that regard, “JDS” prefers to stay open-minded. Even ex-champFabricio Werdum, whom he’d singled out in the past, is no longer a set target. The focus is on making his way to the throne again – hopefully with some face-hitting on the way up.
“I don’t pick opponents, so any one of them,” Dos Santos said. “We have good fights now, a lot of things happening in the heavyweight division. Anyone. Even Cain Velasquez for the fourth time. Come on. Let’s do it.