After his victory over Abubakar Nurmagomedov by split decision at UFC on ESPN 46 in Las Vegas, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos disappointed his fans by not calling out a future opponent during his Octagon interview. However, he didn’t make the same mistake when speaking to Evelyn Rodrigues for UFC Fight Pass Brazil shortly thereafter.
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Calling Out Future Opponents
During his interview with Rodrigues, dos Santos stated, “I already have two names I want to face, Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny, so I’m ready. As soon as the UFC decides, you can call me, and I’ll be ready for the fight.” This willingness to take on new challengers shows that dos Santos is eager to continue proving himself in the ring.
Staying Prepared During Suspension
Dos Santos also revealed that he never stopped training during the time he was suspended by USADA for a doping violation. “I took advantage of this period to evolve and correct mistakes using the excellent training material we have at CM System,” he said. This dedication to improvement demonstrates his commitment to his craft and his determination to come back stronger than ever.
While his first victory in more than a year and a half made him happy, dos Santos is more excited for a significant life event on the horizon. “I’m anxious. My first daughter will be born [June 10],” said dos Santos, who already has a son, Joaquim, with his wife, Tatiane. “The happiness of being able to get back on top in the best MMA promotion in the world is indescribable and gives my family a better future doing what I love most in life, which is fighting.”