It seems like Thiago Santos has not accepted the defeat he suffered in his last appearance. It should be taken into account that Rakić inflicted him the third defeat in a row, and when we take into account that it was a fairly close fight, it is not difficult to understand why Santos is still talking about that fight.
In an interview for the Brazilian Portal, Vale Tudo explained that he is aware of the possible cancellation in the strongest promotion and announced his next fight, which he will do only in October. His opponent will be compatriot Johnny Walker.
'' There's no doubt we're going to provide a fun fight. We’re both constantly looking for a knockout and this time it won’t be any different." "I love when my opponents are aggressive and when they want to knock me out.
I have never restrained myself in my fights, my focus is to inflict pain on my opponents. If you look at my last three defeats (Jones, Glover, Rakic), I was always moving forward. Jon Jones beat me with a split referee's decision, and I definitely didn't lose to Rakic, "Maretta said.
The Brazilian also reminded of his victory against the current champion Jan Blachowicz. The duo had a fight in February 2019, and Santos celebrated by knockout in the third round. That fight was a kind of turning point for both fighters.
Although Santos was given the opportunity to attack the belt in the next fight, he did not use it, and he recorded two more defeats after that. Jan Blachowicz, on the other hand, has a string of five wins and is the current light heavyweight champion.
'' If I win the next two fights, it might be interesting for the UFC to arrange a rematch between me and Blachowicz. Even Jan once expressed a desire for that rematch." "It's only me that finished him by knockout in his 16 UFC appearances.
However, I know how this game works. If I lose the next fight and the UFC fires me, I believe I will not stay unemployed, "Santos added. The Brazilian turned 37 in January, has gone through severe injuries in recent years and the impression remains that his best days have sadly passed.
However, the Brazilian is still highly ranked, he is an extremely attractive fighter and he certainly belongs to the strongest MMA organization in the world. Fighting Johnny Walker will reveal a lot to us.