Dos Santos was slated to face Alistair Overeem with the belt on the line, but the former K-1 Grand Prix champion had a drug test returned with elevated levels of testosterone that could put his place in the fight in jeopardy.
With pay-per-view deadlines looming in regards to tickets and marketing, the UFC opted to pull Overeem from the fight and replace him with former champion Frank Mir.
While the change is somewhat drastic in terms of going from a Dutch kickboxer to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who also happens to be a southpaw, Dos Santos is still ready for whatever challenge lies ahead for him at UFC 146.
“I have to change a little bit my camp, but that’s it, I’m a fighter. I will be looking for the knockout. Doesn’t matter who my opponent is,” Dos Santos said.
Check out the full video below to hear what Junior Dos Santos had to say about the change of opponents for UFC 146: