Junior dos Santos looks to begin his climb back to the top this spring (Jason Merritt/Getty)
Last October, Junior Dos Santos got beaten brutally for the second time in under a year by Cain Velasquez. The former UFC heavyweight champion was battered from bell to bell until being stopped in the fifth round of his title rubber match against Velasquez.
Now, a few months removed from that rough loss, the Brazilian's coach says that he's back in the gym and looking to return to the Octagon this spring.
"He took some time off and is now back to training," dos Santos’ head trainer Luiz Dorea told MMA Fighting in a recent interview.
"We’re thinking about a fight around May or June, but there’s nothing set yet."
Dorea also said that he plans to have Dos Santos change up his training a bit by traveling to the United States. "We have plans to spend some time in the U.S., seek new training," he said.
"We need to continue to evolve. When an athlete thinks he knows everything, it’s the beginning of the end. We need to learn new techniques, so we plan to go to the U.S. to train wrestling and also train in other gyms in Brazil."
As for possible opponents for "Cigano's" return fight, Dorea said that they are open-minded but that Junior still has his eyes on one rival in particular.
"The UFC has great athletes, the best, but a fight that we wanted to see is against Overeem," the coach said.
Dos Santos and Overeem were set to fight one another before the Dutchman ran into regulation problems because of failed drug tests.
"It was expected to happen before and didn’t. But they have great fighters in the UFC, so anything can happen. He will fight anyone they want," Dorea maintained.
Overeem is currently set to face Frank Mir Feb. 1.
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