UFC President Dana White said during a conversation with reporters in Toronto that he would like to give title shots to both of his top young heavyweight prospects, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, rather than matching them up against each other in a title elimination bout.
"Dos Santos got himself in the mix the other day," White said. "If you question whether he should be or not, he showed you the other night that he should be. The great thing is, a guy asked me out there, 'Are you going to do Cain Velasquez against dos Santos now?' The way I see it is, and the way my luck has gone lately, with injuries and stuff, I think you keep these guys in line."
White said the winner of the UFC 111 fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin would be first in line for a shot at heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Velasquez is next in line after the Mir-Carwin winner, and dos Santos is after that.
"You've got Mir and Carwin fighting, whoever comes out, if the winner doesn't have any cuts or break his hand or anything like that, he goes right out and fights Brock Lesnar this summer," White said. "Then you've got Cain Velasquez waiting in the wings for the next fight. Then you've got dos Santos ready for the next one. I like having those guys in line and we'll have a lot of good fights -- title fights that people actually care about."
Asked whether that means dos Santos would have to wait a year before he gets that title shot, White said he'd put dos Santos back into the Octagon sooner than that.
"I don't think it'll be a year," White said. "He can fight again. It's not like we're going to put him on the bench and say, 'Oh, we'll hold you here.' But you don't have him fight Cain Velasquez. If he loses along the way to somebody else, he definitely wasn't ready for Lesnar or whoever the champion is."