Junior Dos Santos will face Cain Velasquez for a rematch in November or December, according to his coach.
The UFC had hoped to get the fight lined up for UFC 152 in September but Yuri Carlton says that is not a realistic proposition for either fighter, especially in light of Velasquez having a broken hand.
“The fight is with Velasquez, but no definite date. It was speculated for September, but that is unreal. Velasquez is also with a broken hand, its not resolved, so I think the UFC will wait a little longer,” he tells Tatame.
The coach believes that the title defense must take place around September or December, and he ensures that his pupil is ready to repeat the feat of the first fight, when he won by knockout in the first round.
“Of course we now have a strategy. Velasquez is an intelligent man, he’s been different, but the Gypsy is more different still. We will work redoubled in full force,” he says.
Do they expect Velasquez to look for a fight on the feet again? They do not. “We'll be ready, but we did not expect him to come with that game [the first time],” Carlton admits.
Dos Santos made his first defence of the belt he took from Velasquez by stopping Frank Mir last month. Velasquez fought on the same card, dismantling Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva with a ground n pound assault but breaking his hand in the process.