UFC Minneapolis goes down on Saturday in what has a tremendous main event. Heavyweights collide as Francis Ngannou is taking on Junior dos Santos in the headliner, where the expectation is that the winner gets the next title shot.
There is no question Ngannou is the harder hitting puncher between the two, but dos Santos should have the advantage on the ground. But, speaking to Combate the Brazilian expects to knock out Ngannou.
“Ngannou is a very strong guy, very powerful, he’s kind of out of the ordinary,” dos Santos said. “All heavyweights hit hard, but he’s a little above average. You have to be careful, I think he’s the most dangerous fighter in the division. It’s like I said, all the power without the right amount of control is good for nothing. I think he does some things wrong, and I’ll try to take advantage of those.”
Meanwhile, Junior dos Santos is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is not counting out the possibility of taking down Ngannou and showing his jiu-jitsu skills. But, the former heavyweight champ is prepared for anything and everything and is confident he leaves Minneapolis with his hand raised and another knockout win added to his record.
“MMA is MMA, right?” the former heavyweight champion said. “You must be ready for all situations that can come up in a fight. My intention never was and will never be to take someone down, but if he gives me a chance, I won’t hesitate take him down. On the contrary, I’ll use it to fight on the ground. But my main focus is to always go for the knockout and I very much believe I will knock him out.”
Whether or not that happens is to be seen, but “JDS” is more than ready to finally fight Francis Ngannou.