MIAMI – Junior Dos Santos hasn’t closed the door on competing at Triad Combat.

Dos Santos (21-9) was scheduled to fight in the main event of Triller’s Triad Combat event against Kubrat Pulev before the event ultimately fell apart. However, Dos Santos was tired of waiting around for the next chapter of his career and has decided to remain in MMA for now.

The former heavyweight champion will face fellow UFC veteran Yorgan De Castro in the Eagle FC 48 headliner on May 20 but is still open to fighting Pulev if that matchup gets rescheduled.

“We are in contact with them (Triller) all the time,” Dos Santos told MMA Junkie while attending Eagle FC 46. “They know all the steps we are doing because they don’t have a next date yet for the show, I’m still willing to go there and fight Kubrat Pulev. I think it’s gonna be a great one, but right now I’m happy because I have a great opponent in front of me, Yorgan De Castro, who’s a very tough striker.

“That’s also gonna be a great challenge to put myself back in the right timing because fighting is all about timing. It doesn’t matter how good you are or if you know techniques. You have to be in a good timing to use the techniques, so this fight is gonna give me that.”

Dos Santos parted ways with the UFC in March 2021 after losing four consecutive fights. He was last seen in action in a second-round TKO loss to former interim champ Ciryl Gane at UFC 256 in December 2020. Since departing from the UFC, Dos Santos dabbled in professional wrestling with AEW, both making appearances and competing in matches.


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