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Junior Dos Santos: My Goal is Still to be Number One

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Despite being beaten to a bloody mess by UFC champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos’ goals have not changed.

In a recent interview with MMAFighting.com, Dos Santos talked about his aspirations to become the no. 1 heavyweight mixed martial artist in the world again.

“You never know how the division will be in the future,” Dos Santos said. “My goal was, and still is, to become the No. 1 again. I will do my best to make that happen as soon as possible.”

For now, Dos Santos will have to wait. He was issued an indefinite medical suspension following his second loss to Cain Velasquez, and can’t return to the octagon until he gets cleared.

“I’m taking a time off to relax and take care of my life. I love to be who I am and do what I do, and I’m sure I’ll be back to show my work really soon. I don’t pick opponents, and I will fight whoever the UFC wants,” he added.

Even though he was utterly dominated by Velasquez twice, Dos Santos still believes he has what it takes to beat the champion; he just needs better preparation.

“I’ve made some mistakes again. My strategy was to brawl because I believed I would be in an advantage with that,” he said. “But my opponent knew how to block my standup game and do what he does best. After every fight I’m getting more experience and learning. The most important thing I’ve learned in this fight is about strategy, and I believe he was better prepared than me.”

The UFC has yet to announce who Dos Santos will fight next.