Junior dos Santos is set to take on Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Minneapolis. There, it is believed that the winner will fight for the heavyweight title next. It is a very intriguing fight, and dos Santos believes he will be able to make Ngannou pay on his mistakes. He also won’t need the full five rounds as he says he will finish it in the first.
“It’s going to be my 12th main event in the UFC, so I’m used to fighting five rounds,” dos Santos said to MMA Fighting. “I’ve been training for five rounds for a while. Honestly, it doesn’t make much different adding more rounds, especially because I expect this to be a really quick fight. Ngannou moves forward a lot, goes full speed in the first round. My goal is to make him pay in his first mistake, so I don’t think this fight will go much longer.”
Although he believes he will leave Minneapolis with a win, he knows Ngannou is a tough opponent. He has incredible knockout power and “JDS” says he is the most dangerous man in MMA.
“Ngannou is a really strong guy, has heavy hands,” dos Santos said. “I think it’s no exaggeration to say he’s the most dangerous man in MMA today. A punch that connects, even if it only grazes, will knock you out. He’s a dangerous guy and I’m getting ready for that. I know his potential, the danger he offers in the fight, but that’s the type of challenge that excites me.
“I want to fight the best, always. I’ve fought three tough opponents in my last fights, guys who were coming off wins, and I went there and stopped them. That’s what I’m going for in this fight as well.”
In the end, Junior dos Santos expects this fight to end in the first round and get the next title shot after this win.