Junior dos Santos on wars with Cain Velasquez: ‘I was looking worse than I really was’
Junior dos Santos claims that the wars with Cain Velasquet did not damage him that much and that he is ready to rise to the top again.
Junior dos Santos became the UFC heavyweight champion with a knockout win over Cain Velasquez in 2011, but a pair of losses to Velasquez later put him in a tough spot in the division. A loss to Alistair Overeem, a year after a hard-fought decision victory over Stipe Miocic, put the Brazilian down in the rankings one more time, and questions about his health became common.
„Yes, there were some tough fights for me,” dos Santos told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “I took a lot of damage, but I get swollen very easy and I get cut very easy too. For the people that were watching the fight, I was looking worse than I really was, you know? Those fights were pretty hard for me, but I’m learning with everything. This one now, with Alistair Overeem, was something very, very strange for me. That’s hard, that’s really hard part of the game.”
Iako je već nosio prestižni pojas, uz to što posjeduje i pobjede nad trenutnim prvakom Fabriciom Werdumom i prvim izazivačem Stipom Miočićem, dos Santosu su tek 32 godine i on je najmlađi od UFC-ovih top 10 teškaša.
“(I will fight) as long as I can, you know? I wanna have a long career, for sure,” he said. “I know I’m not showing for everybody everything that I got to show, so I’m working on these things. As soon as I find myself in the Octagon again, I’ll be okay to put on a good performance and get back to my winning streak.“
“I wanna fight as long as I can. I wanna be like Randy Couture, who fought until he was 47 years old or something. I wanna be one of those guys.”
Dos Santos (17-4) returns to the Octagon on April 10, facing Ben Rothwell in the main event of UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreb, Croatia.