Junior dos Santos eyes up next opponent after Derrick Lewis win

Junior dos Santos is riding a wave of wins which seldom comes in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

“Cigano” finished fellow heavy hitter Derrick Lewis on Saturday night in Wichita, Kansas, boosting his win streak to three following victories over Blagoy Ivanov and Tai Tuivasa.

Now, the Brazilian is eyeing up Francis Ngannou as his next opponent as he hopes to make another run to title contention and win his second UFC heavyweight championship.

This followed an ominous tweet posted by the French-Cameroonian knockout artist.

“I think that would be great,” dos Santos said of fighting Francis Ngannou next per MMAjunkie. “It should [have happened] in the past [but] because of something weird it didn’t happen, but maybe now it can happen.

“My daughter [will be] born in May so I have to get everything ready to receive her. After I make sure everything is fine and she’s good with her mother and our family then I’ll fight again, maybe at the end of August.”

Dos Santos referred to a fight Ngannou which was originally booked for UFC 215 back in 2017. However the fight was called off after Cigano was flagged for a USADA violation, though he was later cleared of any deliberate wrongdoing.

Both JDS and Ngannou have one particularly interesting opponent in common.

Ngannou is coming off a shocking first-round knockout win over decorated former UFC champion Cain Velasquez in February. Velasquez was the man dos Santos earned his heavyweight belt against and fought him twice after.

 

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes is an MMA writer who has covered the sport since 2013 for publications such as Vice Sports, Fightland, Sherdog and now Fighters Only, where he serves as freelance digital editor.