With Cain Velasquez sidelined due to injury, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports tells Pro MMA Radio's Larry Pepe that Junior Dos Santos will indeed fight for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship against an opponent to be named.
The Junior Dos Santos situation I think is a lot easier. He's going to fight for an interim title. They just have to find a contender to fight him.
He is going to fight for a championship. The UFC will declare the winner of Dos Santos vs X the Interim Champion.
So it is his championship fight. He will go down in history if he wins that fight.
Even if he loses subsequently to Cain on the way back, as a former UFC heavyweight champion
just like Frank Mir's second reign, and like ... Shane Carwin. Even though the belt is out there, you are recognized as a champion.
So I think that situation is very simple. Dos Santos should fight. He will fight. They will find him a contender. He'll fight for an interim championship while Cain heals.
And that'll be that.
Kind of like Miss America, he will assume the dutues of the champion while the champion is healing.
Listen to entire interview... (32:39 mark)