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Junior Dos Santos not frightened of wrestling

ESPN staff
November 28, 2011
JDS: 'I'll take the game to the ground if it helps me'

UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos has insisted he would have no fears about taking his fights to the ground if he had to do so.

Dos Santos is in line to fight the winner of next month's heavyweight clash between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

He will go into that fight on the back of his win over Cain Velasquez, but many feel his suspect wrestling skills will count against him if the fight goes to the ground.

Dos Santos is unfazed about who he will meet next and has insisted he would be able to compete on the floor, despite admitting he would be far happier keeping the fight upright.

"I train a lot of jiu-jitsu, wrestling, everything," Dos Santos told ESPN. "I am ready to fight anywhere, no matter where it goes.

"I prefer to fight stood up, using my boxing, and that is what I try to do. But if in my next fight I think I can win on the ground then I will do that."

Looking ahead to the fight between Lesnar and Overeem, Dos Santos said: "I think Brock and Alistair Overeem's fight is going to be great. They are both huge and strong. But I do not care who is going to be my next opponent.

"I will be ready to fight whoever wins. I want a fight with the best."

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