weather icon Clear

Junior dos Santos KOs idea of Brock Lesnar UFC title shot

Updated March 11, 2019 - 3:34 pm

Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos recorded his third straight victory when he knocked out popular contender Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 146 in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday night.

He saved enough energy to take a shot at the idea of another former champ, Brock Lesnar, stepping right back into the UFC and getting a title shot against Daniel Cormier.

“For sure, not Brock Lesnar,” dos Santos said when asked about who should be Cormier’s next challenger. “It doesn’t make sense.

“I’m a fan. I like to see Brock Lesnar fighting, but not for the title. He’s not even part of the sport right now. He can’t come back and fight for the title like this. I know (Cormier) wants to make money, but man, it doesn’t make sense.”

UFC president Dana White has said Cormier has earned the right to the kind of payday a bout against Lesnar would generate, though Lesnar last officially won a fight in 2010. His only bout since 2011 was a 2016 win over Mark Hunt that was later vacated due to a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Lesnar is still under contract with WWE as a professional wrestler and has yet to fully fulfill the terms of his sanction for the failed test, so there are several roadblocks.

Cormier is recovering from injury and appears willing to wait. While dos Santos said he understands why Cormier has earned the right to wait, he’s not supportive of the situation as a whole.

“I cannot agree that this fight with Brock Lesnar makes sense, because it doesn’t,” he said on the post-fight show. “But of course, it’s politics. They can do whatever they want, but it doesn’t make sense. The right fight to do in the heavyweight division is Stipe (Miocic), (Francis) Ngannou or even me. I don’t know. I heard something about Jon Jones coming up to the heavyweight and fighting him.

“That would make more sense than Brock Lesnar fighting. But we’ll understand if he has to fight Brock Lesnar to make money or whatever. It’s always interesting to see Brock Lesnar fighting — and getting beat. I don’t know.”

A bout between Ngannou and dos Santos has been hinted at by both fighters, but dos Santos wants to wait until after his daughter is born. She is due in May.

Strike a pose

UFC women’s flyweight star Paige VanZant has found a way to fill her time while she sits out with a fractured arm.

The 24-year-old announced she will appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

“I feel like when you’re in Sports Illustrated. That means you made it, so it’s a really big deal,” VanZant said in a video posted on SI’s social media platforms announcing her appearance. “I’m mostly excited for people to see this side of me. I think people do forget that, yes, I’m a professional fighter, my hair is cornrowed all the time, I punch people in the face for a living, but you can look really cute, too.”

Up next

Welterweight contenders Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal will square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 147 in London on Saturday in a bout that could help shake out the top of the rankings.

Colby Covington is expected to be the first challenger for new champ Kamaru Usman, but Ben Askren says he will be in London to challenge the winner of Saturday’s bout for the next spot in line.

The main card, which also includes a welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson, will stream live on ESPN-Plus at 1 p.m.

Preliminary card bouts begin streaming at 10 a.m.

More MMA: Follow at CoveringTheCage.com and @RJ_Sports on Twitter.

Contact Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com or 702-277-8028. Follow @AdamHillLVRJ on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Covering The Cage Videos
Dana White on Contender Series contracts: "I'm looking for killers." - Video
On opening night at the UFC's newest facility, the UFC Apex, the promotion signed Punahele Soriano and Yorgan De Castro to contracts after their performances on Dana White's Contender Series. UFC president Dana White explains why he signed the fighters he did.
UFC Apex is the promotion's newest cutting-edge facility - VIDEO
The UFC Apex will officially open as Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series kicks off on June 19. Here's a look at what the promotion's newest facility in Las Vegas has to offer.
UFC President Dana White on the UFC Apex, ESPN deal, when Conor McGregor could return and more - Video
UFC President Dana White gave the Review-Journal an exclusive interview where he spoke about the promotion's new facility, the UFC Apex, their new deal with ESPN, when Conor McGregor may return to the octagon and more.
Shevchenko says defending the UFC flyweight belt is her number one challenge
UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko claimed the vacant title when she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 last December. She will put the belt on the line for the first time in Chicago, Ill., when she faces Jessica Eye at UFC 238 on June 8.
UFC title contender Jessica Eye says her move to Las Vegas gives her an edge
Ohio native Jessica Eye says she moved to Las Vegas to get an edge in performance ahead of facing UFC women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 238 in Chicago, Ill., on June 8.
Greg Hardy, former NFL star, on MMA knockout
The former NFL star needed just 17 seconds to score a knockout on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series (Adam Hill/Review-Journal)
Marlon Moraes says Henry Cejudo will regret stepping up to bantamweight - VIDEO
UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo is coming up to the bantamweight division to battle Marlon Moraes for the vacant belt on June 8 at UFC 238. Moraes said Cejudo will regret going after a second title in a new division and added that he thinks his path will cross with former champion TJ Dillashaw in the future.
Paige VanZant details her arm injury, when she can return - VIDEO
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant was briefly linked to fight at UFC 236, but had to withdraw from the bout due to a broken arm. As a guest on the RJ Ringside Podcast, she detailed the injury and also spoke about joining the M-1 Global booth as a color commentator.
Tony Ferguson beats Donald Cerrone by TKO at UFC 238

Tony Ferguson’s path to the lightweight title is becoming clear. Ferguson won by technical knockout after a medical stoppage in a lightweight fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 238 on Saturday night.