Before we show you exactly what Junior Dos Santos said, we just want to point out that we totally agree with Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem getting title shots. If for no other reason than Chael’s marketing ability and the Reem’s black & white documentary stardom, we just want to see these guys get as much attention from the media as possible because we’re fans of MMA and we enjoy watching it. Maybe some of you don’t agree with those sentiments. It’s cool. You’re wrong, but it’s cool. The truth is, whether you like them or not, you have an opinion and you’re emotionally invested in seeing them succeed or fail. That makes for entertaining MMA; the kind of fandom that keeps the entire world in business catering to the followers and haters alike. If none of that makes sense to you, try explaining to me how Josh Koscheck has a mansion and a private jet? You can leave your astute responses in the comment section that may or may not be down below (we’re still updating our website, just be patient cause you probably can’t answer the question correctly anyway).
Moving on to what Junior Dos Santos said regarding Chael and Alistair, well, it’s simple… In an interview with Beat98 radio in Brazil, he said that the UFC is looking to make title fights based on the company’s bottom dollar and not necessarily the fights that bring the top contenders into championship contention. Here’s what JDS said on Brazil’s Beat 98 radio station (via BJPenn.com)
“It’s kind of out of order. Nowadays, the UFC is prioritizing those fights which will sell well. A prime example of this was Chael Sonnen, who sold his fight very well. Overeem has followed the same path.
But, for me, bring it on. I do not run from any challenge, I know I can beat anyone whatsoever. Come whoever comes, I will do my best to go out with a win in the Octagon.”
Dana White has gone on record to suggest that this isn’t the reason for Chael and Alistair getting their respective title shots, but it’ll take a huge internet outage for the folks in the UG to stop arguing the complete opposite. Props to Junior Dos Santos for speaking his mind and not caring who the UFC puts in front of him. Additional props go out to Dos Santos for having a cool surname. Two Santos are better than one. By that logic, if a guy with the name ‘Tres’ Santos ever sets foot in an MMA arena, run for your lives.