Junior dos Santos’ form has individuals questioning how “Cigano” will look in his subsequent UFC bout.
After a ketogenic food regimen slimmed the previous heavyweight champion, he’s not against the thought of fixing weight courses.
What began the entire course of was quarantine. Like many individuals all over the world, Dos Santos observed the quantity on the dimensions ticking up because the weeks handed. Unable to coach at American High Crew, he was seven kilos heavier than common. So he reached out to his physician Marcia Bogea and nutritionist Marcelo Guedes for recommendation, and so they really helpful 15 days of the low-carb, high-fat food regimen.
Twelve days into the routine, Dos Santos clocked in a 245.eight kilos. He went on social media to share the outcomes, and abruptly, individuals had been questioning if the UFC had a brand new mild heavyweight on its palms.
The ex-champ’s unique plan was to go all the way down to 238 kilos, lighter than his weight when he knocked out Cain Velasquez to grow to be the UFC heavyweight king in 2011.
“(Thursday) is the final day, however I requested them if we will proceed doing it as a result of I’m feeling superb,” dos Santos advised MMA Combating. “I’d usually be round 247 since I wasn’t coaching more durable, however I used to be getting heavier.”
Dos Santos doesn’t have a battle booked in the intervening time and mentioned he’s at the moment not in negotiations with the UFC. “Cigano” hasn’t entered the octagon since Jan. 25, when he misplaced to Curtis Blaydes by way of second-round knockout.
“My purpose is to remain mild so I can get again to coaching straight away, when I’ve a battle booked,” he mentioned. “If I can keep round 238 and 242, that’s necessary for me, as a result of I transfer so much. I’ll profit from my pace, considered one of my fundamental traits. I can be quicker.”
Actually, Dos Santos’ quick success within the first weight-loss food regimen of his skilled profession may result in a possible drop to mild heavyweight. He mentioned “nothing is inconceivable in our lives,” however added making 205 kilos “could be actually, actually, actually onerous to occur.”
And but, for the Brazilian star, “this expertise I’m dwelling now can also be a form of take a look at.”
“My fundamental curiosity of in the future making 205 shouldn’t be about how I’d really feel at that weight, however to have the ability to face the person that’s the best of the second, Jon Jones,” he mentioned. “Who wouldn’t wish to battle Jon Jones in the future? I’m no completely different. One of many targets earlier than I finish my profession could be to battle Jon Jones. However that’s a part of the plans, our needs, my goals, so let’s see how issues play out.”
In the long run, all it could take for the UFC to persuade Dos Santos to chop virtually 40 kilos is to say just a few magical phrases: Jon Jones has cleaned the division, and we gives you a shot on the mild heavyweight title.
“I’d sit down with my docs, make a plan, a method,” Dos Santos mentioned. “I’d clearly want a bit extra time to make weight nicely, however we’d make that occur.”