The Ultimate Fighting Championship event on January 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is having a hard time getting any love from the media.
First there was the Brock Lesnar drama, “Is he trying to leave the UFC for the WWE?” Then there was the Chuck Liddell retirement announcement and the looking back at his UFC Hall of Fame career. On Wednesday night there was the bombshell that UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez would be out for up to eight months with a torn rotator cuff.
Today, we have the news that top heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos is not going to wait for Velasquez to heal up.
MMAWeekly received a short and simple text message from Dos Santos’ manager Ed Soares that stated, “He is not going to wait six months.”
With that message one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2011 went down the drain, at least temporarily.
Dos Santos has not fought since his victory over Roy Nelson in August propelled him to the number one contender mantel. Dos Santos cannot be blamed for not wanting to sit and wait for more than a year, but it’s also a risky proposition for him to take a fight instead of waiting for Velasquez to heal.
If Dos Santos waits he runs the risk of ring rust. If he takes a fight and performs poorly or loses he runs the risk of losing his number one status, not to mention the risk of injury he would face during training or during the fight.
With the announcement that Dos Santos wants a fight comes the speculation; who will it be against?
Frank Mir comes to mind as he was recently pulled from his rumoured fight against Brendan Schaub. If Brock Lesnar ever returns the calls from UFC president Dana White, that could be a potential fight with the winner getting a crack at Velasquez.
With this latest development, the UFC brass will have their work cut out for them as they head into 2011.