Dos Santos says Velasquez is a nice guy and a good champion, but that won't stop him from attempting to punch him in the face in the main event of UFC 166 this Saturday.
“Cain Velasquez right now is the guy I want to beat,” dos Santos said. “He’s a great athlete. He’s a nice guy. He’s a good champion. I’d like to see him as a champion. But not in my division. In my division, I will be the champion.”
Dos Santos and Velasquez fought twice before. They'll have the opportunity to settle the score at UFC 166, as they are tied at 1-all.
“The biggest one I think was I gave him too much space,” dos Santos said of his second fight with Velasquez. “I let him feel comfort- able during the fight. That was good for him. I didn’t put pressure on him. He was walking forward all the time, and he liked it.”
Dos Santos feels it will be a different story when he meets Velasquez at UFC 166.
“That doesn’t mean he’s going to always be better than me,” dos Santos said. “He was that night. I started to get confident, and I’ve just had to work hard for the next time. That’s what I did this camp. For this third fight, I think I’m coming more prepared.”
Dos Santos isn't positive that UFC 166 will be the final chapter in their rivalry. Since both men are in their fighting prime and relatively even in the standings, they could possibly fight a fourth time before all is said and done.
“It doesn’t matter what happens, because I’m always going to be there,” dos Santos said. “He’s a great fighter. And I know he’s going to give his best and he’s going to be in good position in the rankings, and I will be the same. Sooner or later, for sure, we’re going to face each other again.”