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Junior dos Santos hopes to return this summer with bout against Alistair Overeem

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According to a Jan. 16 report from MMA Fighting, former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos (16-3) plans to return to the cage this summer.

Dos Santos, who turns 30 on Jan. 30, took a brutal beating at the hands of Cain Velasquez three months back at UFC 166, but he's finally healed up and getting back to regular training.

Dos Santos has apparently been training at a gym in Salvador, Brazil, and he expects to be back in action in May or June.

"He took some time off and is now back to training," dos Santos’ head coach Luiz Dorea told "We’re thinking about a fight around May or June, but there’s nothing set yet."

Word on the street is that Dos Santos is eying a fight against Alistair Overeem because they have some unfinished business to settle up.

"The UFC has great athletes, the best, but a fight that we wanted to see is against Overeem," dos Santos' coach explained. "It was expected to happen before and didn’t. But they have great fighters in the UFC, so anything can happen. He will fight anyone they want."

Dos Santos' coach said the former champ plans to hone his wrestling skills to enhance his fighting technique.

"We have plans to spend some time in the U.S., seek new training," he said. "We need to continue to evolve. When an athlete thinks he knows everything, it’s the beginning of the end. We need to learn new techniques, so we plan to go to the U.S. to train wrestling and also train in other gyms in Brazil.

"We shouldn’t think about the title now, we need to work hard and win fights. To get there, we need to beat other fighters first. It may take a year, maybe more or maybe less, but the title is the consequence of our wins."


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