SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 3/10: After Wichita win, Junior dos Santos looking ahead to Francis Ngannou, more post-fight notes

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Mar 9, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA; Junior Dos Santos (blue gloves) defeats Derrick Lewis (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at InTrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports Images

That would be great

Junior dos Santos inserted his name back into the heavyweight mix with his second round TKO of Derrick Lewis in Wichita, Kansas Saturday night. The win makes for three in a row for the Brazilian after a USADA scare in 2017 that he was cleared for, and several years of alternating wins and losses following his heavyweight title reign.

In a heavyweight division that is becoming increasingly stacked, dos Santos knows that the best way to keep your name at the top of people’s lists is by keeping busy. With that in mind, dos Santos wouldn’t mind fighting another top contender he’s been matched up with in the past. Dos Santos was scheduled to fight Francis Ngannou at UFC 215 last year before he was pulled for the potential USADA failure.

“I think that would be great,” dos Santos said on ESPN+ last night (via MMAFighting). “It should have happened in the past, but something weird happened. Maybe now, it can happen.”

Ngannou most recently defeated dos Santos’ former foe, Cain Velasquez with a first-round TKO last month. The winner of a potential Ngaannou-dos Santos fight could very well be in line for a heavyweight title shot once the Daniel Cormier-Jon Jones-Brock Lesnar triangle plays itself out.

Sunday Notebook

-Tim Means had to have surgery for a broken tibula and ankle after his knockout loss to Niko Price last night. “Niko caught me with a punch and my foot got stuck under me,” Means said in an Instagram post.

-Post-fight bonuses went to Niko Price and Beneil Dariush for Performance of the Night and to Junior dos Santos and Derrick Lewis for Fight of the Night.

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