by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
They speak different languages, but heavyweight Junior Dos Santos is reading Gilbert Yvel’s message loud and clear.
Yvel, a Dutch fighter who’s made a career of knocking opponents senseless in the Netherlands and Japan, told MMAWeekly.com he felt Dos Santos wasn’t on his level in the striking department.
Dos Santos, a Brazilian up-and-comer who burst on the scene with wins over Fabricio Werdum and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, begs to differ and plans to prove Yvel wrong on Saturday at UFC 108.
He’s got a message of his own for Yvel.
“I feel that he’s opening his mouth a lot,” Dos Santos told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s talking a lot for this fight, and I feel very confident that after this fight, I’m going to shut him up, that he won’t be opening his mouth until 2011.”
According to UFC president Dana White, the stakes are high in silencing Yvel. A win would likely put him on the short list of belt contenders.
With his quick rise, Dos Santos feels Yvel is just another step on the right path to his ultimate goal of the heavyweight title.