by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Junior Dos Santos has been flawless in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon since arriving in the promotion at UFC 90 in October of 2008. He has finished all four of his opponents with strikes, and all but one in the first round.
A 4-0 record in the UFC heavyweight division makes anyone a contender, but Dos Santos doesn’t feel any urgency to get a crack at the belt.
“I think he’s in no hurry for a title shot,” his manager, Ed Soares, told MMAWeekly.com recently.
“We’re in no hurry for a title shot. He’s only 25 years old, so he’s still a growing kid,” he added. “Every time I see him he seems like he’s a little bigger. He’s drinking his milk and just getting bigger and stronger.”
Dos Santos trains with former UFC and Pride heavyweight titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and would rather see the older mixed martial arts legend compete for the title.
“I think we’d like to see Rodrigo beat Cain (Velasquez) and have that title shot, but whatever the UFC decides is fine with us,” said his manager. “They’ve given us some great fights, some incredible opportunities, and we’re just going to take whatever they give us.”
But that in no way means the Brazilian would turn down a title shot if offered.
“We never pick our opponents, so whoever they put in front of us, we’ll take with a smile on our face,” said Soares.