When UFC heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez clashed a year ago the bout was billed as a battle between two of the division’s finest fighters. However, based on the result it seemed as though Velasquez was massively overmatched, eating a strike a little more than a minute into the bout before being finished shortly thereafter by way of TKO.

On December 29 the two will meet again at UFC 155 and Velasquez has vowed to take Dos Santos into deeper waters this time around. JDS recently spoke up about potentially exiting the first frame against Velasquez and admitted it’s certainly possible – it’s just not guaranteed.

“He is an excellent wrestler and I think he’ll want to take to the floor. He will try to do to me what he did to Antonio Silva. But I’m not afraid. I will be 100% (ready) to defend the belt,” said the champion in an interview with TATAME before adding, “Fighting is fighting. You never know how it will be, maybe (it will end) faster than (the first fight).”

Regardless of who wins at the UFC’s annual year-end event, Alistair Overeem has already been named as the next contender to the divisional crown despite having been out of action for more than a year thanks in large part to a suspension for having an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use. Though Dos Santos has no problem fighting whoever his employers put in front of him, he’s not necessarily happy with how the UFC has handled things.

“It’s kind of out of order. Today the UFC is prioritizing the struggles they sell. The prime example of this was Chael Sonnen…Overeem followed the same path,” explained Dos Santos. “But for me, let’s go. (I) do not run from any challenge. I know I can beat anything whatsoever. Come whoever comes, I will do my best to go out with a win in the Octagon.”